The British Bronze Age spans well over a thousand years from 2,400 – 800 BC, and can be broadly described as the period during which the first metals, including copper, silver and gold, were introduced to the region. During this time, bronze became the must-have material in Britain, Europe, and beyond.
Making bronze requires plenty of copper and tin, and it just so happened that Cornwall sits on one of the richest tin sources in Europe. As a result, it became the nexus of a vast trade network that stretched down the Atlantic coast, into central Europe and beyond. How did Cornwall’s Bronze Age people react to this new-found natural wealth?
The newly discovered settlement at West Northwood Farm near St Neot provides us with an incredible opportunity to learn more about this important period. By examining a Cornish Bronze Age village, and by looking at the remains left behind by its occupants, we’ll be able to explore how life changed over the Middle to Late Bronze Age, and even into the Early Iron Age.