The Icknield Way: ancient track or medieval fantasy?
18 October 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Icknield Way as a green lane at Ickleford
Everybody in North Herts ‘knows’ that the Icknield Way is one of the oldest trackways in Britain. Its roots are said to go back into deepest prehistory, perhaps even before agriculture arrived in the centuries before 4000 BC. Prehistorians have conjectured that traders carried flint from Grimes Graves in Norfolk along it and that it became a focus for settlement. It’s even been suggested that Boudica was making her way home along it when she was defeated by the Roman army! But how do we ‘know’ any of this? What is the archaeological evidence for the trackway and what does that tell us about its origins? An exploration takes us into the murky world of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s novel, The History of the Kings of Britain, which deceived generations of historians into believing its fantastical tales.