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date: 17 July 2019

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This article discusses the Bronze Age in Britain and Ireland, which lasted for at least seventeen centuries. It covers the ‘Chalcolithic’ period, which came before the swift and widespread use of tin-bronze. The discussion first emphasises that information about the Bronze Age is still being included in broader prehistoric narratives. It then observes that the island landscapes of Britain and Ireland might have naturally shaped the activities of its inhabitants during the Bronze Age. The article also describes the communities and livelihood that existed in Britain and Ireland in the Bronze Age, based on the various items which were unearthed during archaeological fieldwork.

Keywords: Britain, Ireland, Chalcolithic period, tin-bronze, island landscapes, communities, livelihood

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