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The 6 timelines presented here are intended to aid students interested in pursuing a chronological or historical study of some of the cultivated plants from this book. How to use the timelines page

The text has been ordered chronologically to allow visitors to explore what was happening with different plants at similar times. They therefore make it possible to study topics such as:

  • Plants in Roman times, or
  • Plants in Medieval times.

This immediately throws up the problem of how to give dates to the 'Iron Age', which may have taken place at different times in different parts of the world. The time periods selected here generally reflect what was happening in Britain. Thus the Roman time period stretches from 43 AD until 410 AD, which is the period of the Roman occupation of Britain rather than being the dates of the Roman Empire.

The table below shows how the time periods we have used relate to historical and prehistorical dates:

From

To

Age

Approx 9000 years ago

Last Ice Age ends

2700 BC

Stone Age ends

2700 BC

2500 BC

Stone Age/Bronze Age transition

2500 BC

700 BC

Bronze Age

700 BC

600 BC

Bronze Age/Iron Age transition

600 BC

43 AD

Iron Age

43 AD

410 AD

Romans

410 AD

650 AD

Dark Ages (Early Medieval)

650 AD

1066 AD

Saxons

1066 AD

1485 AD

Medieval

1485 AD

present

Modern (Tudor, Stuart, Restoration, etc)

Table adapted from: Francis Pryor 2001 Seahenge- New Discoveries in Prehistoric Britain Harper Collins