Bere Regis Village, Dorset
 
Bere Regis Village

The Ancient History of the Village

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FROM THE   time   that   man   first   made   his   appearance   in   Britain   until   about   2500   BC   is   known   as   the   Palaeolithic   or   Old   Stone Age,   during which   period   only   the   most   primitive   of   roughly   shaped   stone   or   flint   tools   and   weapons   were   used.   There   were   few,   if   any,   permanent habitation   sites,   and   temporary   or   natural   shelters,   such   as   caves,   were   made   use   of,   as   the   scanty   population   spent   almost   the   whole time   on   the   move   in   search   of   food,   by   hunting   and   gathering   wild   fruits.   Consequently   the   remains   of   this   period   are   scanty   and unspectacular, but the odd flint axe or spearhead can turn up at almost any place over which Palaeolithic man may have passed. Here   is   a   drawing   of   a   Palaeolithic   flint   hand-axe   that   was   found   in   this   parish   in   1939   by   the   side   of   the   road   at   Gallows   Hill where   the   ground   had   shortly   before   been   disturbed   by   tanks.   It   had   been   broken   in   two,   probably   by   the   tank   when   brought   to the surface, but the finder was fortunate enough to have retrieved both pieces. There   is   a   Megalithic   Period   (encompasses   3500   -   1500   BC)   Sarsen   Stone,   see   Photograph   below,   on   the   side   of   the   road leading out to Wool. It is possibly a marker. The   Stone   is   lying   on   a   small   bank   outside   Bere   Regis   County   School.   It   is   triangular   in   shape,   and   approx   4.5ft   x   5ft appearing to be limestone/quartzite.
Drawing of a Palaeolithic flint hand-axe that was found in this parish in 1939 Megalithic Period (encompasses 3500 - 1500 BC) Sarsen Stone
The Palaeolithic Period  Old Stone Age - 2500 BC
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The Ancient History of the Village

The Palaeolithic Period  Old Stone Age - 2500 BC
FROM   THE   time   that   man   first   made   his   appearance   in   Britain   until about   2500   BC   is   known   as   the   Palaeolithic   or   Old   Stone Age,   during   which   period   only   the   most   primitive   of   roughly shaped   stone   or   flint   tools   and   weapons   were   used.   There were   few,   if   any,   permanent   habitation   sites,   and   temporary or   natural   shelters,   such   as   caves,   were   made   use   of,   as the   scanty   population   spent   almost   the   whole   time   on   the   move   in search   of   food,   by   hunting   and   gathering   wild   fruits.   Consequently   the remains   of   this   period   are   scanty   and   unspectacular,   but   the   odd   flint axe    or    spearhead    can    turn    up    at    almost    any    place    over    which Palaeolithic man may have passed. Here   is   a   drawing   of   a   Palaeolithic   flint   hand-axe   that   was   found   in   this parish   in   1939   by   the   side   of   the   road   at   Gallows   Hill where   the   ground   had   shortly   before   been   disturbed by   tanks.   It   had   been   broken   in   two,   probably   by   the tank   when   brought   to   the   surface,   but   the   finder   was fortunate enough to have retrieved both pieces. There   is   a   Megalithic   Period   (encompasses   3500   -   1500   BC)   Sarsen Stone,   see   Photograph   below,   on   the   side   of   the   road   leading   out   to Wool. It is possibly a marker. The   Stone   is   lying   on   a   small   bank   outside   Bere   Regis   County   School. It   is   triangular   in   shape,   and   approx   4.5ft   x   5ft appearing to be limestone/quartzite.
Drawing of a Palaeolithic flint hand-axe that was found in this parish in 1939 Megalithic Period (encompasses 3500 - 1500 BC) Sarsen Stone