Prehistoric Melton

Prehistory is a vast time period with some of the earliest evidence for occupation in the Melton area being found at Brooksby in the form of Palaeolithic stone tools which could be up to half a million years old. People lived a nomadic hunter gatherer existence during the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic until the Neolithic when they settled, clearing the land for farming around 4,000 BC.

The majority of prehistoric finds consist of flint and stone tools even after the introduction of bronze tools in the Early Bronze Age around 2,500 BC. Gold objects are extremely rare and would have only been owned by the elites of society. Everyday common items made of wood, antler and bone rarely survive.

The most prominent Iron Age site in Leicestershire is the hillfort at Burrough Hill. It was during this period, from around 700 BC, that objects began to be produced in iron and coinage developed.

Prehistoric Melton

Stone Age

(Palaeolithic 500,000 - 10,000 BC

Mesolithic 10,000 - 4,000 BC

Neolithic 4,000 - 2,200 BC)

Bronze Age 2,600 - 700 BC

Iron Age 700 BC - AD 43

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Stone Age

The Stone Age covers an enormous period of time from the Palaeolithic, through the Mesolithic and into the Neolithic (500,000 BC - 2,200 BC).

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Bronze Age

Metalworking in Britain started around 2,600 BC and bronze objects became more common throughout the period as the technology developed.

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Iron Age

The Iron Age begins c. 800 BC when evidence for iron working appears until AD 43 when the Roman army invaded Britain.

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