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date: 22 October 2019

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This chapter examines lake-dwellings in the Alpine region and their participation in long-distance trade, which linked various regions from central and northern Europe to the eastern Mediterranean, especially during the latter half of the second millennium BC . During the Early Bronze Age and Middle Bronze Age, a regional system of trading seems to have prevailed, and involved the circulation of goods such as amber and faience. At the beginning of Late Bronze Age I, Aegean-type/Near Eastern artefacts and/or the technology necessary to produce and/or imitate them locally appeared in central Adriatic regions and northern Italy, with the presence of turned pottery and vitreous materials, the latter also present to the north of the Alps. The reason must have been at least partly linked to the rapid development of copper-mining activities in the central-eastern Alps, and to the intensification of links between communities and regions along the Adriatic coast of Italy.

Keywords: long-distance trading, wetland sites, lake-dwellings, Alpine region, Mediterranean

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