Prehistoric Artefacts Recovered in Halesowen


Between 5,000BC and 4,500BC new ideas spread into Britain from the continent; chiefly the concept of farming where people began to settle the land, clearing the forests and growing crops as well as rearing livestock. Slowly but surely the hunter-gather people of the Mesolithic period gave up their nomadic lifestyle and adapted to the new culture. This period is known as the Neolithic or New Stone Age. The use of metals, firstly copper followed closely by bronze, was imported into Britain with an influx of people known as the Beaker Folk from the near continent around 2,500BC although the use of stone as a raw material for tool manufacture continued.

The landscape around Halesowen must have proved as attractive to our Neolithic and Bronze Age ancestors as it was to their hunter-gather predecessors as evidenced by their stone working recovered from fields surrounding the town. In Photograph H are examples of the distinctive circular flint scrapers used during this period whilst Photographs I and J show how the design of arrowhead progressed from the leaf shape of the Neolithic to the beautifully crafted barbed and tanged arrowhead of the Bronze Age.