Timeline of Lewisham and National events < 999 AD
10,000BC to 4000BC Mesolithic or Middle Stone Age [Archaeological Era]:: Some key events are hunter-gatherers repopulate Britain after the end of the Ice Age, Britain becomes an island.
4000BC to 3200BC Early Neolithic or New Stone Age: Some key events are farming begins, people build tombs and enclosures, mine flint and quarry stone, people begin to make pottery.
3200BC to 2300BC Late Neolithic or New Stone Age [Archaeological Era]:: Some key events are that people build henges and stone circles, religious beliefs involve the sun, possible priestly leaders.
2300BC to 1400BC Early Bronze Age[Archaeological Era]: Some key events are bronze tools, people begin farming the uplands, henges, stone circles and rich burials.
1400BC to 700BC Late Bronze Age [Archaeological Era]: Some key events are more and better bronze tools, farms and fields, importance of rivers, lakes and bogs, warrior leaders.
700BC to AD43 Iron Age [Archaeological Era]: Some key events are the development of iron tools, hill forts, brochs, farmsteads, the use of coins, growth of kingdoms, ports, rich burials.
AD43 to AD450 Roman or Romano-British [Archaeological Era]: Some key events are the Roman conquest, the buildings of forts, towns, villas, roads, baths & temples, the arrival of Christianity and stone buildings.
Roman Watling Street ran across Blackheath, where there was an encampment. The Roman Dover Road passed through Hatcham.
AD450 to AD1066 Migration or Early Medieval [Archaeological Era]: Some key events are the Anglo-Saxon and Irish migrations and conquests, the creation small kingdoms, the founding of Christian abbeys and bishops.
Saxon Lewisham was known as Oleofsa’s Village. Two Saxon burials dated to the 600s found in 1992 near Deptford Broadway
862 Lewisham was referred to as LIofshema mearc
918 Lewisham was known as Lieuesham
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