Moretonhampstead's First Farmers

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Moretonhampstead's First Farmers A small scatter of waste flint flakes and fragments

Location: Moretonhampstead

The area around Moretonhampstead has a long farming history. Modern farmers can still find traces of their predecessors who worked the land 6,000 years ago.


The first farmers left their mark on the landscape through the field boundaries called reaves and monuments such as stone rows and barrows. Traces of their daily life, however, are very hard to find. One of the few things that does survive are stone tools, usually made of flint. Scatters of flint are occasionally found by modern farmers when ploughing their fields.


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