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date: 15 July 2020

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This article focuses on the settlements that were built during the Bronze Age of Europe. It presents some examples of settlements from northwest Europe, and focuses on houses and settlement sites. The discussion begins with a section on the set of ideas and expectations that completely influence archaeological approaches to prehistoric settlement. It then addresses the argument that houses are usually central to the construction of identity, and discusses the architecture of Bronze Age houses. The next section explains the size differences of the houses, and then describes how the households are organised. From there the discussion moves to Bronze Age farmsteads and villages, before focusing on the settlement hierarchies. The article ends with a discussion of the house landscapes of the European Bronze Age.

Keywords: settlements, houses, settlement sites, prehistoric settlement, construction of identity, architecture, size differences, household organisation, settlement hierarchies, house landscapes

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