The North East has seen many visitors, some friendly, some not so friendly.
Early settlers moved into the Tyne Valley around 8000 years ago, they were Middle stone-age people who hunted, fished and moved between lowland and highland with the seasons.
4000 years later saw changes, more organised farming, and the clearing of forests to use for grazing.
In the first century, as a snapshot of 70AD, the whole Northern area including the Tyne Valley was dominated by the Great Celtic Tribe - The Brigantia. On both sides of the Tyne could be seen occasional hill forts and farms.