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date: 10 August 2020

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This article introduces the archaeology of field systems and land boundaries in Bronze Age Europe. It begins by offering an historical overview of research on ancient fields, which is followed by a discussion of the interpretative issues that affect the study of prehistoric land division, specifically terminology, classification, and chronology. The rest of the article reviews the evidence of Bronze Age fields in north-western Europe, where it shows the importance of land division for researching changes in the technology and organisation of agriculture and explaining social and political transformations during the second and first millennia BC.

Keywords: field systems, land boundary, ancient fields, land division, agriculture, political transformations

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