Ancient Britain Stamps

Royal Mail have issued a new set of Ancient Britain Special Stamps that explore how people lived in prehistoric times.

Want to know more about the ancient settlements and discoveries they celebrate?

Read our blog Scheduling Makes its Stamp on Ancient Britain and explore the links below for more about these fascinating sites.

Star Carr

Ancient Britain Star Carr headdress stamp
© Royal Mail Ltd

An antler head-dress from Star Carr in the Vale of Pickering, North Yorkshire features on a new £1.05 stamp.

Explore the Star Carr Archaeology Project


Sunrise over Avebury stone circle
Sunrise over Avebury stone circle © Historic England J900435

The popular tourist attraction of Avebury in Wiltshire appears on a new £1.33 stamp.

Plan a visit to Avebury

Grime's Graves

Aerial view of Grime's Graves
Aerial view of Grime's Graves © Skyscan Balloon Photography

Less well-known but no less important than Avebury are the similarly aged Neolithic flint-mines of Grime's Graves near Thetford, Norfolk. This site is shown on a new £1.52 stamp.

Plan a visit to Grime's Graves

Maiden Castle

Aerial view of Maiden Castle
Aerial view of Maiden Castle hillfort © Skyscan Balloon Photography

Maiden Castle near Dorchester, Dorset is depicted on a new £1.05 stamp.

Plan a visit to Maiden Castle

River Thames: Battersea shield

Ancient Britain Battersea Shield stamp
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The fifth English site depicted in the stamps series is the Iron Age (80 BC-AD 43) Battersea shield, shown on a 1st class stamp.

The Battersea shield was discovered in 1857 during building work for the predecessor to Chelsea Bridge on the River Thames. Workers at that time found large quantities of Roman and Celtic relics and skeletons in the area. The type and quantity of their finds suggest that this could be the site of where Julius Caesar crossed the Thames during the 54 BC invasion of Britain.

Now building work is providing a new opportunity for us to gather more clues to Battersea's past. Numerous construction projects in the area are carrying out archaeological investigations. Historic England is coordinating the work of archaeologists across these separate sites. It's a rare opportunity to connect clues across so many individual sites to get a broader picture of the past of this area.

Find out more about the Battersea Channel Nine Elms project

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