- Introduction: The Bronze Age of Europe
- Old Father Time: The Bronze Age Chronology of Western Europe
- Europe 2500 to 2200 BC: Between Expiring Ideologies and Emerging Complexity
- A Little Bit of History Repeating Itself: Theories on the Bell Beaker Phenomenon
- Bronze Age Settlements
- Hoards and the Deposition of Metalwork
- Monuments and Monumentality in Bronze Age Europe
- The Contribution of Skeletal Isotope Analysis to Understanding the Bronze Age in Europe
- The Myth of the Chief: Prestige Goods, Power, and Personhood in the European Bronze Age
- Identity, Gender, and Dress in the European Bronze Age
- Warfare in the European Bronze Age
- Rethinking Bronze Age Cosmology: A North European Perspective
- Bronze Age Rock Art in Northern Europe: Contexts and Interpretations
- Rock Carvings and Alpine Statue-Menhirs, from the Chalcolithic to the Middle Bronze Age
- Bronze Age Fieldsand Land Division
- Animals in Bronze Age Europe
- Plant Cultivation in the Bronze Age
- Trade and Exchange
- Seafaring and Riverine Navigation in the Bronze Age of Europe
- Land Transport in the Bronze Age
- Copper and Bronze: Bronze Age Metalworking in Context
- Bronze Age Coppermining in Europe
- Gold and Gold Working of the Bronze Age
- Craft Production: Ceramics, Textiles, and Bone
- Glass and Faience
- Salt Production in the Bronze Age
- Weighing, Commodification, and Money
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines the chronology of Western Europe during the Bronze Age. It determines that this chronology is still a work in progress, and is based on information which can be gathered from distinguishing distinct material or architectural phases from well-excavated and published sites. The article then provides a chronology of the Bronze Age in several countries in Western Europe, including France and Belgium. It concludes that the Western European Bronze Age is commonly considered in terms of an interconnected Atlantic facade, and that the definition of the Bronze Age in Western Europe lies against a backdrop of long-distance communication and pronounced regionality.
Benjamin W. Roberts, Department of Prehistory and Europe, The British Museum.
Marion Uckelmann, Department of Archaeology, University of Exeter.
Dirk Brandherm, School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
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