Woolmer Forest Heritage Society

Bordon and Whitehill Archaeology of the Bronze Age farmers of 2300 BC to 700 BC and their burial rituals on the woolmer forest

The "Bronze Age"
( Approx 2300 - 700 BC )

This is the period - from about 2300 to 700 BC - when metal first began to be widely used in Britain, possibly as a result of the increase in contact with Europe.

However, various types of stone, particularly flint, remained very important for long after metal became available.

Nine barrows beside Keepers Cottage at Greatham
The Roman road in RED is also clearly visable

Artist Impresion of a Bronze Age Cremation

Bronze Age society seems to have been divided into tribal areas based around an agricultural economy and it is during this period that over exploitation of the light soils in our area led to the formation of the heathlands we see today.

The countryside around Whitehill and Bordon also has an unusually high concentration of Bronze Age barrows (high status burial mounds) that form a sacred landscape. This may be linked to nationally important ritual deposits of bronze weapons and ornaments found at Whitehill and Woolmer shown above.

More info on the selborne hoard can be found HERE