Who were Britain’s prehistoric farmers? Learn about what life was like for the Neolithic people living on Skara brae in this BBC Bitesize KS2 History guide.

Around 4,000 years ago, people in Britain started living in a new way. Instead of spending all their time hunting and gathering, they began to set up farms.

The early farmers chopped down trees so they could grow crops and vegetables. They kept cattle, sheep and pigs. People began to settle down in one place and build permanent homes.

The farms marked the start of a new age in Britain – the Neolithic period (or new Stone Age). As well as setting up farms and permanent homes, they also built massive tombs and giant stone circles. Some of the monuments and homes they built can still be seen today.

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