The Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age period (2500-1800 BC) is dominated by an
influx of newcomers. The 'Beaker People' are so called because of the richly
decorated pottery drinking vessels they buried with their high status dead. These
were the first metalworkers - copper and bronze possessions now occasionally
appear in such burials.
Through the Middle and Later Bronze Age (1800-650 BC), the population is
growing and lowland landscapes in areas such as the Breckland are becoming
more and more ordered as field systems, roads and settlements expand. Burial
mounds for a powerful minority - the famous 'Round Barrows' - have been
found locally in their dozens. The men who were buried here often display
weapons of war such as bronze swords and spears, as well as axes, together with
possessions of great beauty, sometimes in gold or jet. Ritual was now an
important feature of life - ritual sites and objects that represent symbols of
power are becoming more spectacular. This, after all, is the "Age of Stonehenge".