European Societies in the Bronze Age
The Bronze Age, roughly 2500 to 750 BC, was the last fully prehistoric period in Europe and a crucial element in the formation of the Europe that emerged into history in the later first millennium BC. This book focuses on the material culture remains of the period, and through them provides an interpretation of the main trends in human development that occurred during this timespan. It pays particular attention to the discoveries and theoretical advances of the last twenty years that have necessitated a major revision of received opinions about many aspects of the Bronze Age. Arranged thematically, it reviews the evidence for a range of topics in cross-cultural fashion, defining which major characteristics of the period were universal and which culture and area-specific. The result is a comprehensive study that will be of value to specialists and students, while remaining accessible to the non-specialist.
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THE BRONZE AGE HOUSE AND VILLAGE
THE DOMESTIC ECONOMY
TRANSPORT AND CONTACT
RELIGION AND RITUAL
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activities analysis animals appear archaeological areas artefacts barrows bones briquetage Britain buildings burial cemetery central Europe clay common complete construction contained context copper cremation culture deposition developed distribution Early Bronze Age East especially evidence examples excavation fact female field finds graves ground groups hand Harding hoards houses human important indicate individuals instance interpreted Iron Age Italy known Late Bronze Age less major male material means metal Middle Bronze Age mound nature Neolithic notably objects occur ornaments particular pattern perhaps period phase pits possible posts practice present probably production reasons recent reflect relatively remains represent ritual rock seen settlement significant similar situation social society sometimes sources southern specific stone structures suggested swords tion types Urnfield usually various wooden