A blazing fire was not the only thing to keep Bronze and Iron Age Scandinavians warm through long cold winters.
Catalogues and databases which are easily accessible to all interested parties regardless of their geographical location, occupation, background or purpose, provide a level playing field for research, publication and debate in the archaeology of the bronze age. The establishment of a canon of reliable, illustrated documentation of as many facets of the Bronze Age as are required, is a prerequisite to the future of our understanding of the Bronze Age.
Taking the major studies together it can be seen that there is a large degree of agreement in relation to the major trends. Indeed the noise which appears to be fairly equally if not normally, distributed over time is typical of that which might be expected due to differences in dating, different site sensitivity, and in regional variation.
This paper argues that although our discipline focuses increasingly on thematic research programmes, period-based approaches remain a valuable way of understanding the particularities of the social practices we study. Different aspects of the archaeological record – including settlement, burial, landscape and material culture – are examined in turn to identify a series of possible questions for future research.
Here I attempt a brief review and synthesis of the contents of these frameworks, and an assessment of current priorities in Bronze Age research.
The use of data to analyse broader perspectives is not a straightforward process. Unpublished excavation reports, specialist reports, archaeological databases and theses comprise the
What we need to do. Doctoral research involving artefact corpora appears to be unfashionable. However the compilation of such works for Food Vessels, accessory vessels and the Late Bronze Age styles is desperately needed; and the studies of Biconical Urns and MBA pottery (see above) need to be published.
The Cyclopean fortifications surrounding the Bronze Age sites of Mycenae, Tiryns, Athens, and Gla were constructed for two reasons: as a military defense system and as a tangible and persuasive articulation of wealth, power, and authority.
In ancient India and Egypt, it was burned as incense, believed to purify temples and palaces. From antiquity, people have believed that amber has healing properties.