The Bronze Age began around 5,500 years ago in the present-day areas of Turkey, Iran and Iraq. It is generally believed that bronze tools and weapons were brought over to Britain from continental Europe around 2,000 BC by the Bell Beaker people (named because of their distinctive bell-shaped pottery drinking vessels); although there is no clear consensus on the date for the beginning of the Bronze Age in UK.
The Bronze Age also saw the widespread adoption of agriculture. Bronze Age farming families typically lived in a household consisted of two houses: the main living house and an out-house used for cooking or textile production. Bronze-age Britons were also skilled at making jewellery from gold.
Large megalithic monuments continued to be constructed or modified, such as the improvements made to Stonehenge and Avebury. The production of textiles meant that women worn long woollen skirts and short tunics, while men wore knee-length wrap-around skirts, or tunics, cloaks and one-piece garments, along with round woollen hats.
Copper was mined in the UK from places like Great Orme mine (North Wales) 3,500 years ago by miners using stone and bone tools. Large reserves of tin in Cornwall and Devon, meant that by around 1600 BC British tin was exported across much of Europe.
Most people find this short transitional period of human prehistory difficult to distinguish from the earlier and later ages, let alone teach and inspire knowledge in others. Ancientcraft can help explain the fascinating period, with the use of replica items (such as the bronze rapier, beaker pottery and Nebra Skydisc) and expert knowledge based on archaeological evidence.