Natural History Museum's 2014 exhibition Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story

By Culture24 Reporter | 13 August 2013

The skull of Britain’s earliest Neanderthal and the oldest wooden spear in the world will go on show at the Natural History Museum in an exhibition featuring finds from famous archaeological soils across the country which reveal life in Britain a million years ago.

A photo of a prehistoric twig and two stones
Hoxnian antlers, bones and a hand axe from Swanscombe, where Britain's earliest known Neanderthal was found, will go on public display at the Natural History Museum in February 2014© NHM
Dozens of institutions have teamed up for Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story, a survey of the tools and animal bones rife in river deposits and caves. Following 12 years of research, a team of 50 archaeologists, palaeontologists and geologists aim to illustrate how the objects left behind can tell us as much as rare human fossils.

Rhinos and giant deer are among the species representing the fearsome creatures once chased by early hunters, animated by incisive scientific techniques and life-size models.

Professor Chris Stringer, of the museum, predicted visitors would be “surprised” by the subterranean “hidden histories” lying in wait.

“The story behind the humans who inhabited ancient Britain has taken us more than a decade to piece together,” he said.

“This gives us an exciting glimpse into our past, which also leads us to reflect on our future.”

  • Opens February 13 2014.

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A photo of a human hand holding an empty prehistoric skull
This skull cup is from Gough's Cave in Somerset© NHM

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