Stone Age to Iron Age 12: Bronze Age vessel What do you think this was used for? How did they make the design? Expand This is a Bronze Age beaker. It fits beautifully into two hands. It was made by Bronze Age people living near Folkestone about 3,000 years ago. These people were prehistoric farmers living in small villages on the downs above where Folkestone is today. They grew wheat, oats and barley and kept animals including cows, sheep, goats, pigs and hens. They knew how to make tools and weapons out of a metal called bronze. They were much better than the stone tools and weapons that had been used before. Beakers like this were used as drinking vessels and for storing food. They were made from soft clay, fired in a hot oven called a kiln, to turn it into pottery. They were decorated by scratching lines and stabbing dots into them using a sharp stick, piece of flint or small bronze knife.