Archaeology in the Forest

Leaflets and books are available at the Museum Shop covering the varied archaeology of the Forest of Dean.

From the Old Stone Age (Palaeolithic) people who lived lived here about 20,000 years ago, through the Middle Stone Age (Mesolithic), and the first farmers of the New Stone Age (Neolithic - 5,000 years ago) and Bronze age (from 1500 BC).

The Forest of Dean has many Roman sites, including temples and iron mines. This little carved Roman dog was found at a site near Lydney.

Roman dog

There is a considerable amount of industrial archaeology of interest in the Forest, including the railways, coal mines, the iron mines and furnaces, and it was here that Robert Mushet developed the first self-hardening steel, which was used initially for railway lines.

The study of communications within our landscape is varied and complex, including waterways, roads and tracks, tramways and railways.

Axe heads found in the Forest

The old Dean Road

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