Condensing more than 10,000 years of Peterborough history into a simple timeline begs more questions than it answers – but hopefully provides an historical framework for the various topics mentioned on the Peterborough Archaeology website.
There were thriving communities living in this area long before the name “Peterborough” was introduced in Medieval times.
The area was attractive to early settlers with close proximity of woodland, fertile farmland and wetlands.
Underlying clay,gravel and limestone have long provided important materials for industry and construction.
The location at the intersection of major north-south arteries of Britain with the River Nene ensured strategic importance in terms of communications.
Peterborough History – Timeline
Select a period below to find out more about what was going on in and around Peterborough.