Iron Age

Drawing of Iron Age grave at Aylesford, showing objects deliberately buried with human remains.

Oldbury camp is built by Celtic British tribes on a hill west of Ightham, in a strategic location overlooking routes through the Kentish Weald…

Bronze Age

Bronze Age axe head, © Kent County Council Sevenoaks Museum

Bronze and copper replace stone as the preferred material for making tools and weapons.

The adoption of agriculture becomes widespread.

New Stone Age

Coldrum Longbarrow (2020). This ancient burial site was built around 4000 BC, and is one of the 'Medway Megaliths'.

People begin farming and producing pottery, and take part in rituals that signify complex spiritual beliefs.

Britain has become an island after millennia of rising sea levels.

Modern humans

Flint hand axe, © Kent County Council Sevenoaks Museum

Homo sapiens have dispersed into Europe from Africa. They live in large groups, and make increasingly sophisticated tools and weapons from wood and stone.

Our stone age ancestors

Elephas antiquus molar tooth, © Kent County Council Sevenoaks Museum. This now extinct species was twice the size of a modern African elephant, a relative of the woolly mammoth.

Ancestors of modern humans share the land with large mammals which they learn to hunt for food.

Britain is still attached to the continent.

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