The Pathways to Ancient Britain (PAB) project brings together research into human presence in the British Isles. PAB’s research is separated into three chronological periods, from the earliest human occupation of Britain, through to extinction of the Neanderthals, and the emergence of modern humans.

Pathways to Ancient Britain: Pioneering Populations

Pioneering Populations: 1 million-500,000 years ago

Studying sites that were occupied from one million to 500,000 years ago, including Happisburgh in Norfolk.

Pathways to Ancient Britain: Successful Colonisers

Successful Colonisers: 500,000-300,000 yrs ago

Human occupation of the British Isles between 500,000 and 300,000 years ago, including Barnham, Suffolk.

Pathways to Ancient Britain: Emerging Neanderthals

Emerging Neanderthals: 240,000-40,000 years ago

Excavations around the island of Jersey reveal human relatives that lived 240,000 to 40,000 years ago.

Pathways to Ancient Britain (PAB) is funded by the Calleva Foundation and involves a number of institutions including the British Museum, the Natural History Museum and Queen Mary University of London.