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date: 17 October 2019

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This article describes the western Balkans during the Bronze Age, which is a mountainous region that is divided into two main sub-regions, namely the eastern coast of the Adriatic and the continental areas of the western Balkan Peninsula. It first identifies some of the important natural factors that encouraged settlement in the area during the Bronze Age, and then studies these settlements and their social implications. The article notes that these settlements were always situated on elevated positions close to a body of water. From here the discussion uses information gathered from previous excavations of the settlements in order to study their organisation and structural characteristics. Finally, the article discusses the burial rites of the settlers and their social implications.

Keywords: western Balkans, settlements, social implications, structural characteristics, organisation, burial rites

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