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A trail of clues

The Cotswolds: Pre-history

Flint hand axes have been found in the Cotswolds which are at least 100,000 years old. They pre-date modern man in Britain! These Mesolithic ‘microliths’ are tiny flint tools for cutting, piercing and scraping. They were made and used 8000 years ago. The Neolithic (4000BC – 2500BC) cup and ring stone from Nottingham Hill is one of the most southerly examples of rock art in the country. Bronze Age beaker from around 2000BC found at round-barrow burial sites in Lechlade. Coin moulds from the 1st century AD found at Bagendon, indicate this was the capital of the Dobunni tribe in the Iron Age.

The Cotswolds have been home to people for hundreds of thousands of years. Surviving evidence tells us something of how these people lived their lives.

Excavations, research and recent discoveries have uncovered a fascinating and detailed picture of prehistoric life in the Cotswolds.

We can use archaeological finds and knowledge of archaeological features on the landscape, to plot how culture in the Cotswolds developed from the Stone Age through to Roman invasion.

Just imagine what else lies waiting to be discovered!

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Images: Copyright Corinium Museum - 1976-363, 2010-62-400, 1985-178, 1998-59-1, 1982-135

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