Footprints in the SandThese remarkable footprints are believed to be form a Mesolithic human adult walking across a valley once situated where the estuary is today. This moment in time, captured 6,000 years ago and preserved in the silt and mud, represents the start of a fascinating heritage of man and the estuary, and how they have shaped each other’s destinies.
Estuary timeline – click on the links to find out more about what was happening on the estuary at this time.
Hunter-gatherers roam the estuary
Small scale farming
|Bronze Age||1,000 BC||Larger settlements
Landing stage at Caldicot
|Iron Age||400 BC||Grazing animals
Huts at Goldcliff
|Roman rule||AD 50-400||Start of land draining to create grazing and agriculture on Somerset and Gwent levels|
Extensive land draining by monastries and landlords.
Age of exploration and industrialization
Link to Severn Estuary Who's Who - Culture and Achaeology