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The Museum holds extensive prehistoric collections. These include tiny flint blades, or ‘microliths’, made by hunters who lived in the Durham Dales in about 7000 BC, stone arrowheads and axes, and rare cup and ring marked stones produced by the region’s first farmers between 2300 and 1500 BC.

The Bronze Age is represented by a selection of stone and metal tools and weapons, as well as by examples of pottery vessels and jet jewellery. Local highlights include and cremation urn and flint implements from Crawley Edge, Stanhope, a ceramic beaker from Brandon and a fine bronze sword from Houghall.

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