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date: 13 July 2020

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This article surveys the various monuments that were built in Bronze Age Europe. It notes that most of these monuments were for burial purposes, although some were built for celebrations and gods. The discussion emphasises the importance of having a wider sense of ‘monumentality’ when looking at the Bronze Age, since it is the dramatic content that is important for the monuments’ interpretation and recognition. It then takes a look at seven broad monumental types that can be located in one or more of five geographical zones which extend across peninsular Europe between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. The article determines that while some monumental traditions in Bronze Age Europe continued from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic times, new traditions also developed and served as the basis for future changes.

Keywords: monuments, monumentality, dramatic content, monumental types, monumental traditions

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