Ancient and early history of the Weserbergland
In prehistoric times, mammoths stomped across the plains of the Weser and woolly rhinos braved the bitter cold. During the interglacial period, forest elephants, giant stags and other now-extinct animals lived alongside the first humans in the region.
In the Neolithic Age, man came to the Weser and settled. There are occasional artefacts which tell their story. Stone remained the most important material used by farmers and cattle breeders to make tools. But metal finally proved to be a superior material. A lance tip, an axe and bangles made of bronze were found in Afferde in 1904.