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.
An antler head-dress from Star Carr in the Vale of Pickering, North Yorkshire features on a new £1.05 stamp.
- Read Star Carr's entry on The Heritage List to find out why it's a nationally important site.
- Find out more about the archaeological excavations at Star Carr and other Mesolithic sites that Historic England is currently supporting.
- Our Heritage at Risk programme has identified Star Carr as a site that's at risk and in need of safeguarding for the future. See Star Carr's entry on the Heritage at Risk Register.
The popular tourist attraction of Avebury in Wiltshire appears on a new £1.33 stamp.
- Read Avebury's entry on The Heritage List to find out what makes it a nationally important site.
- This World Heritage Site was a focus for ceremonial and ritual activity during the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age periods. See our photos and reconstruction illustrations that recreate these activities.
- See what we discovered by taking aerial photos of Avebury during our Avebury World Heritage Site National Mapping Programme project.
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.
- Read the Grime's Graves entry on The Heritage List to find out what makes it an ancient monument of national importance.
- See the photos and information about Grime's Graves that we offer teachers to inspire kids as part of our Educational Programme.
- Read our book about Grime's Graves and other flint mines: The Neolithic Flint Mines of England
Maiden Castle near Dorchester, Dorset is depicted on a new £1.05 stamp.
- Read Maiden Castle's entry on The Heritage List to find out what makes it a nationally important site.
- Browse the photos and information about Maiden Castle that we offer teachers to inspire kids as part of our Educational Programme.
River Thames: Battersea shield
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.