‘I began trying to join up human prehistory and contemporary migration…’

When Catherine Henderson learned about ancient human migration, she decided to make a film

‘One thing I discovered was that fear and suspicion of migrants are as ancient as the Bronze Age.’ | Photo: Courtesy of Catherine Henderson.

When my children were small I worked as a part-time Iron Age reenactor. The ultimate embarrassing parent. This was the beginning of an interest in ‘prehistory’. But I don’t like that term. It seems to imply that, before we recorded things in writing, history was somehow not as interesting. Of course, most of human history is ‘prehistory’, and what we know of the patterns of human behaviour, of how early societies organised themselves, can, I think, illuminate our understanding of our species.

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