New map brings ancient Britain to life

Southampton,UK-- The secrets of Ancient Britain are to be revealed in a revised Historical map and guide from Ordnance Survey.

Aimed at anyone with an interest in the early history of Britain - from schoolchildren through to archaeologists and tourists - the map helps bring the past to life.

Information on the map includes ancient roads and place names - as well as comprehensive features and illustrations on many aspects of life in the period, including land use and settlement sites.Photographs, showing how many of the sites look today, are also used to give context.

The map is created in conjunction with The National Monuments Record of English Heritage, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.It features the whole of Great Britain on a double-sided sheet and shows the detailed history of ancient Britain - including the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman and early Medieval periods - against a backdrop of modern Ordnance Survey mapping.

"As well as dramatically changing the format of this map, we've given it a fresh new look - and a bright front cover," says Ordnance Survey's Emma Redgrave."It's an extremely useful educational tool - but it can be used in many other ways too.Britain is blessed with a wealth of interesting places to visit - many with high historical significance.Including a timeline of the key historic dates, events and archaeological evidence, the map can act as a quick historical reference guide as well as a scholarly tool."

The Ancient Britain map and guide joins another in Ordnance Survey's historical map series.The other, called Roman Britain, shares the same format and style.They both cost £6.25 and illustrate the geographical distribution of some of the most important visible ancient monuments of Great Britain set against Ordnance Survey 1:625,000 scale mapping.

Emma Redgrave says: "Both maps complement the OS Travel - Tour map series which are based on popular tourist areas and include essential tourist information to help you get the most from your trip."

All the maps are available from all major Ordnance Survey stockists or by ordering direct from Ordnance Survey's online leisure map shop at

Ordnance Survey is Great Britain's national mapping agency.It is responsible for creating and updating the master map of the entire country, from which it produces and markets a wide range of digital map data and paper maps for business, leisure, educational and administrative use.

Ordnance Survey, the OS Symbol and OS are registered trademarks of Ordnance Survey.

For more information from Ordnance Survey, please contact: Scott Sinclair - Chief Press Officer on 023 8079 2265 or Bryn Jones - Media Executive on 023 8079 2708 or

Published Friday, June 10th, 2005

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