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date: 13 July 2020

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This article takes a look at trade and exchange in Bronze Age Europe. It first determines whether the word ‘trade’ should be used in a prehistoric context, since it implies an economic system that uses money and has markets – two aspects which were not common at the time. The article then identifies the primary sources of evidence of trade and exchange in the Bronze Age, such as shipwrecks that carried cargo from European countries and objects which were found outside their places of manufacture. These objects are raw materials (e.g. copper and gold) and finished goods. The latter half of the article considers the significance of these evidences for contact and exchange, and addresses the question of linkage and connectivity during the Bronze Age.

Keywords: trade, exchange, economic system, sources of evidence, shipwrecks, places of manufacture, raw materials, finished goods, linkage, connectivity

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