Welcome to the second in the series of "Under Your Feet" colouring sheets.
This time we will focus on the Bronze Age!
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If you missed last weeks Neolithic sheet click here
This is when metal slowly replaced stone tools. Copper is mixed with tin to produce the much stronger bronze.
When it first emerged it was a high status product and anyone owning a bronze item would have been very wealthy. But over time it become cheaper and more widespread and used in a whole number of ways.
Also gold made its appearance for the first time in this period.
Bronze Age gold cups are extremely rare in Britain as only two have ever been found. They were discovered in burial mounds (barrow) and studies show that they were made from a single sheet of gold with a smaller handle riveted to the side of the cup.
Bronze axeheads gave far superior cutting power than the old stone ones. They were much stronger and didn't break as often. When the cutting edge got blunt they could easily be reshaped and resharpened.
Flint Arrowhead & Scraper
Although called the bronze age, stone tools were still widely used throughout this period.
The arrowhead is a type called "Barbed & Tanged", these were designed to stay in and not fall out of the object it hit.
Much like the axe, these were stronger and more practical than its stone equivalent
These large pottery vessels were used as cremation urns in burials. This was the most common way of disposing the dead at this time.
Necklace & Bracelet
These two pieces of jewelerey are based on the discovery of a woman's grave on Dartmoor.
The bracelet has small tin rivets held in place by woven cow hair and the necklace has many beads including exotic ones made from amber.
Many of these items are believed to have been used in ceremonial or ritual events.
Bronze headed spears came in many different designs depending on what you wanted to do with them ie. fighting, hunting or for ceremonial purposes.
These could have been worn on the back of the ear or even hanging from a plait of hair.
A single stone may have been used as a marker for territory boundary, burials or an important site celebrating a past event.
More than one could indicate a stone row or even a stone circle.
These dark coloured finger rings were carved from a soft rock called shale but were quite fragile and could break easily.
These rare cups are made from amber which was imported from the Baltic some 1000 miles away.
Pins were used mostly for holding clothing together but the more elaborate ones were higher quality and higher status items.
Here are some of my favourite places to go and visit (in no particular order!):
Avebury Stone Circle - Wiltshire
Stonehenge - Wiltshire
Stanton Drew Stone Circle - Somerset
Priddy Barrows - Somerset
Uffington White Horse - Oxfordshire
Rollright Stones - Oxfordshire
Anywhere on Dartmoor - Devon (best preserved Bronze Age landscape in northern Europe! including settlements, 5000 round houses, stone circles, stone rows, cairns and cists and miles of reaves).
(especially visit: Grimspound - Merrivale - Riders Rings - Grey Wethers - Scorhill Stone Circle - Langstone Stone Circle - Corndon Tor Cairns)