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date: 10 July 2020

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This article takes a look at warfare in Bronze Age Europe, which is when ‘the warrior’ (as a distinctive social identity) emerged. It lists the five primary types of evidence that can be used to study Bronze Age warfare in Europe, namely offensive and defensive weaponry, art, palaeopathology, defended sites, and warrior burials. Each of these evidences is discussed in detail. The article also considers the relevance of the variability of these sources, and concludes that the variations on the evidences need to be addressed more systematically, in order to provide a complete description of warfare during the Bronze Age in Europe.

Keywords: warfare, warrior, weaponry, art, palaeopathology, warrior burials, defended sites

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