Bronze Age 2500 b.c – 600 b.c

New technologies introduced. Ireland rich with gold and copper deposits became ‘experts’ in copper, bronze & gold. Beaker pottery introduced as status symbol from continent. Burial sites developed from communal to individual graves. Better farming methods lead to larger homesteads.

Monuments from this general period include…Hill forts, Stone Alignments, Standing Stones, Stone Circles, Fulachtai Fia (burnt mounds for cooking, brewing, steaming, heating, textile production).