People have lived on the area we now call the Isle of Wight for at least 100,000 years and probably a lot longer! For much of this time our ancestors, who originally came from Africa, roamed the vast European landmass following food and warmth from season to season. The ‘island’ area was just one stopping off place. From about 6,000 years ago, people began to settle more permanently, clearing land for cereals, animals and building homes. About 2,000 years ago the Romans arrived on the Island’s shores, followed eventually by various groups of Anglo-Saxons (and perhaps Vikings) from northern Europe.
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