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Pre-Roman Britain - Stone Age to the Iron Age

Prehistory Quiz

Neolithic Britain

The story of prehistoric Britain began when the first humans arrived in Britain. It ended when the Romans conquered the ancient Britons and Britain became part of the Roman Empire.


The earliest humans were hunter-gatherers. They survived by hunting animals and finding food to eat. Then, very gradually people learned new skills. First they learned to herd animals and grow crops. Later they discovered the secrets of making bronze and iron.


Prehistoric people couldn't read or write, but they were excellent builders. Their tombs, forts and monuments have survived for thousands of years.

Skara Brae, A stone age village

Skara Brae, The layout of the houses

The Bronze Age

The Bronze Age is from 2500BC to 800BC. In the Bronze Age ancient Britons learned to work with copper, tin, gold and bronze.


By 2100BC, Britons were mining metals. Trading ships travelled to mainland Europe carrying copper, tin and precious objects made by metalworkers.


Some settlers who arrived belonged to the Beaker culture. Beaker people lived in clans led by powerful chiefs. They held religious ceremonies at stone circles, and buried their dead in circular graves. These customs became part of life in Ancient Britain.

Life in the Bronze Age | The Story of Britain | BBC Teach

Suitable for teaching 7 to 11s. Life in Bronze Age Britain is explored through the eyes of a family. The impact of copper and tin mining and the development ...

KS2 Prehistory - The Bronze Age How did people make tools from metal during the Bronze Age? This short video, introduced by children, demonstr...

The History of Stonehenge for Kids: Stonehenge for Children - FreeSchool

Stonehenge is an ancient stone circle in England north of Salisbury. Believed to be between 4,000 and 5,000 years old (making it older than the pyramids of G...

The Iron Age

Life in Iron Age Britain | The Story of Britain | BBC Teach

Suitable for teaching 7-11s. Iron, druids and hill-forts are central to this animated tale exploring the life of a family in Iron Age Britain. Part four of a...

Daily life at home in Iron Age Britain | History - Ancient Voices

This clip asks what it was like to live in the Iron Age, and how do we know? Where does our information come from? Subscribe for more History clips from BBC ...