When did people come back to Southwold?
Although it’s impossible to tell exactly what happened after the land bridge to Europe disappeared, there is very little archaeological evidence of permanent settlements in this area.
Some Bronze Age sites dating from about 2000 BC are known farther inland from Southwold. They consist of ring ditches and barrows at ancient burial sites. There are virtually no sites from the Iron Age, and the only evidence of settlement has been a few isolated coins. The stunning exception is the Bronze Age axe head on display, found in a garden in Hotson Road and presumably dropped by a traveller.