Bronze Age Connections: Cultural Contact in Prehistoric by Peter Clark

By Peter Clark

New and interesting discoveries on each side of the English Channel in recent times have began to teach that individuals dwelling within the coastal zones of Belgium, southern Britain, northern France and the Netherlands shared a standard fabric tradition through the Bronze Age, among 3 and 4 thousand years in the past. They used comparable forms of pottery and metalwork, lived within the comparable type of homes and buried their useless within the similar type of tombs, frequently really diverse to these utilized by their neighbours additional inland. the ocean didn't seem to be a barrier to those humans yet relatively a road, connecting groups in a different cultural identification; the 'People of los angeles Manche'. Symbolic of those maritime Bronze Age Connections is the long-lasting Dover Bronze Age boat, one in all Europe's maximum prehistoric discoveries and testomony to the ability and technical sophistication of our Bronze Age ancestors. This monograph provides papers from a convention held in Dover in 2006 organised via the Dover Bronze Age Boat belief, which introduced jointly students from many various international locations to discover and rejoice those old seaborne contacts. Twelve wide-ranging chapters discover topics of trip, alternate, construction, magic and formality that throw new gentle on our figuring out of the seafaring peoples of the second one millennium BC.

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Com A CIP record for this book is available from the British Library Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Bronze Age connections : cultural contact in prehistoric Europe/edited by Peter Clark. p. cm. Presentations from a conference held Sept. 2006 in Dover, England. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-1-84217-348-0 1. Bronze age--Europe--Congresses. 2. Acculturation--Europe--History--To 1500--Congresses. 3. Intercultural communication--Europe--History--To 1500--Congresses.

Robert Van de Noort draws the further inference that the journeyers of the Early Bronze Age normally went the full distance themselves rather than relying on a chain of exchanges; in this respect it is analogous to ‘directional trade’ (Van de Noort 2006). Stephen Shennan persuasively applied the framework offered by Helms to the case of the Early Bronze Age ‘trade’ in amber (Beck and Shennan 1991, 137–140) and a broader application of the same ideas to this period and region has been referred to by the present writer as cosmologically-driven exchange (Needham 2000a).

Acquisition of this kind was not driven by a mutual desire to exchange ‘commodities’ and it must have operated within some kind of understood system of gift exchange between travelling group and host community or its leader. Robert Van de Noort draws the further inference that the journeyers of the Early Bronze Age normally went the full distance themselves rather than relying on a chain of exchanges; in this respect it is analogous to ‘directional trade’ (Van de Noort 2006). Stephen Shennan persuasively applied the framework offered by Helms to the case of the Early Bronze Age ‘trade’ in amber (Beck and Shennan 1991, 137–140) and a broader application of the same ideas to this period and region has been referred to by the present writer as cosmologically-driven exchange (Needham 2000a).

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