During the 7th century BC, iron tools and weapons appear for the first time.
Longer, sharper and stronger, these were the weapons of the military aristocracy
with the wealth and power to control vast regional populations and to define and
defend political boundaries. By the 1st century BC we know from Roman
historians the rivalries and alliances that seem horribly familiar today. The
Trinovantes tribe had been conquered by the Catuvellauni in Southern Suffolk.
Meanwhile, across the impenetrable forests of the central claylands, the Iceni
held sway to the North. Whatever their political or feudal loyalties, ordinary
people lived and worked in farmsteads and fields, farming the land as their
ancestors had done for centuries.