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date: 21 February 2020

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This chapter considers material culture themes beyond any single region or country in order to look at recurring problems and possibilities across the European Iron Age. Often these are analogies (such as problems of taphonomic bias) rather than direct linkages, but large-scale issues in European prehistory are also considered, such as the development, selective adoption, and adaptation of new technologies, linkages to the Mediterranean world, and the role of art. Major areas of untapped research in the archaeology of the everyday are highlighted: the tools and other items which are often ignored beyond specialist reports can provide great insights into the changing lives of people in Iron Age Europe. Here, best practice in other areas and periods, along with experimental work, could cast fresh light on these fascinating material worlds.

Keywords: material culture, taphonomic bias, Mediterranean links, decoration, technological innovation

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