Bronze Age connections : cultural contact in prehistoric by Peter Clark

By Peter Clark

New and intriguing discoveries on each side of the English Channel lately have started to teach that folks residing within the coastal zones of Belgium, southern Britain, northern France and the Netherlands shared a typical fabric tradition in the course of the Bronze Age, among 3 and 4 thousand years in the past. They used comparable kinds of pottery and metalwork, lived within the comparable form of homes and buried their useless within the similar form of tombs, frequently particularly diversified to these utilized by their neighbours extra inland. the ocean didn't seem to be a barrier to those humans yet relatively a street, 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, considered one of Europe's maximum prehistoric discoveries and testomony to the ability and technical sophistication of our Bronze Age ancestors. This monograph offers papers from a convention held in Dover in 2006 organised via the Dover Bronze Age Boat belief, which introduced jointly students from many alternative nations to discover and have fun those historic seaborne contacts. Twelve wide-ranging chapters discover topics of shuttle, trade, construction, magic and formality that throw new mild on our figuring out of the seafaring peoples of the second one millennium BC

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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. 4. Europe--Antiquities--Congresses. 5. Excavations (Archaeology) Europe--Congresses. 6. Europe--History, Naval--Congresses. 7. Naval history, Ancient--Congresses. 8. Seafaring life--Europe--History--To 1500--Congresses. 9. Boats and boating--Europe--History--To 1500--Congresses.

Early classic studies established that the Early Bronze Age was a time of growing inter-regional interactions that included regular contact across the seaways of northwest Europe, linking Ireland, Britain and neighbouring parts of continental Europe (eg Megaw and Hardy 1938; Piggott 1938; Butler 1963). The background to exchanges was traditionally seen to lie in ‘trade’ involving specialist ‘middlemen’ with the objective of commercial profit, or alternatively in the migration of people. In more recent decades migration on anything more than a small scale has been downplayed in interpretations and, meanwhile, the mode and purpose of exchange in prehistoric Europe has been much debated (eg Scarre and Healy (eds) 1993).

1). The conference was the second such event organised by the Dover Bronze Age Boat Trust (DBABT), a registered charity set up in 1993, whose aims are ‘to protect, preserve and conserve for the public benefit the Dover Bronze Age Boat’ and ‘to advance the education of the public about all aspects relating to the boat, its design, construction, history, use and all other relevant matters…’. The first of these aims was achieved in November 1999 when an award-winning gallery of Bronze Age life was opened at Dover museum (Clark et al 2004), with the fully conserved Dover boat as its centrepiece.

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