Sensing that his empire was over-extended and facing insecurity at home, the Roman emperor Constantine III withdrew nearly all of his army from England around 409 A.D. This was a couple of generations before the sacking of Rome in 476 A.D. Roman culture and influence in Britain “dwindled to an almost negligible point,” wrote Philip Daileader, Ph.D., from the College of William and Mary, as he asked and answers the question, “what happened to Britain after the Romans left?” Read his essay.
The video above features sheep-farming archaeologist, Francis Pryor. He “examines the history of Britain near the end of the Roman occupation. The first installment focuses on Britain under Roman rule, revealing a much greater degree of collaboration with the natives than was previously recognised….(He) overturns the idea that Britain reverted to a state of anarchy and disorder after the Romans left in 410 AD. Instead of doom and gloom Francis discovers a continuous culture that assimilated influences from as far a field as the Middle East and Constantinople. Through scrutinising the myth of King Arthur to find out what was really going on when the Romans left, Francis is confronted by evidence that confounds traditional views of the ‘Dark Ages’. There was also no invasion of bloodthirsty Anglo Saxons, rampaging across the countryside. With new archaeological evidence Francis discovers a far more interesting story.”
“An authoritative and radical rethinking of the history of Ancient Britain and Ancient Ireland, based on remarkable new archaeological finds.
“British history is traditionally regarded as having started with the Roman Conquest. But this is to ignore half a million years of prehistory that still exert a profound influence. Here Francis Pryor examines the great ceremonial landscapes of Ancient Britain and Ireland — Stonehenge, Seahenge, Avebury and the Bend of the Boyne — as well as the discarded artefacts of day-to-day life, to create an astonishing portrait of our ancestors.
“This major re-revaluation of pre-Roman Britain, made possible in part by aerial photography and coastal erosion, reveals a much more sophisticated life in Ancient Britain and Ireland than has previously been supposed.”