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Bronze Age Technology

By the Later Bronze Age (1500-700 BC) a fully agricultural economy had been developed and numerous excavated sites have produced detailed information regarding settlement and economy. The extensive coastal marshes were used for pasture and salt making. At Springfield Lyons there is evidence for weaving, crop-processing and metal-working, including the deposition of two huge assemblages of clay moulds for casting bronze, the largest group ever excavated in Britain.

Finds of metalwork are widespread throughout the county and comprise both large collections of objects, known as hoards, and single pieces.

In terms of agriculture, during the later Bronze Age there is evidence for agricultural intensification, with many types of cereal and bean present. A similar range of crops are evident across Southern Britain and Northern Europe.