The Forest of Dean.

Bygone Days

   Bygone Days.

Forest of Dean History
Middle Stone Age.

Early human occupants of the Forest of Dean were, clearly, Middle Stone Age hunter-gatherers living in remote caves, including Arthur's Cave on Doward Hill. Excavations of that cave have revealed bones from deer, pigs, beavers, brown bears, hyena and woolly rhinoceros - this was, after all, before the land-bridge to the Continent was destroyed by the sea around 5,000 BC.

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