Museum Musings: 4000 Years Ago In Royston

Bronze is a metal made using tin and copper. People in Eastern Europe started making bronze about 5000 years ago and they shared their knowledge and technology for this as they travelled across Europe and to the UK. As a general guide, this time period is called the (you’ve guessed it) Bronze Age.

During the Bronze Age, groups of people started to settle down in one place to farm the land instead of hunting and gathering. As the idea of farming spread, there was less need for people to move great distances in order to follow their food.

How often have you walked along Baldock Road and Melbourn Street? This is part of an ancient route called the Icknield Way and it’s highly likely that Bronze Age people walked this route. We’re walking in their footsteps.

Take a walk around Therfield Heath and again, you’re following in the footsteps of these people. And the importance of the Heath is realised when you take a closer look at the lumps and bumps. This was used as a burial site and excavations in the 1800s uncovered Bronze Age artefacts. Today, the view from the Heath is amazing and so it most likely was 4000 years ago. A final resting place on the Heath could have been really important to a lot of people.