The earliest evidence of people living in the area which is now Shropshire is found in a few objects which they left behind and their effect on the landscape. Flints, axe heads and fragments of pottery reveal tools they used. These were traded long distances, along a network of track ways across the country. Barrows and burial mounds give us clues about how they lived and died and stone circles indicate special sites which have entered into folklore.
During the Iron Age, hill forts were constructed. These impressive defences show considerable organisation and still dominate the landscape today.