By Peter Clark
New and fascinating discoveries on each side of the English Channel in recent times have started to teach that folks dwelling within the coastal zones of Belgium, southern Britain, northern France and the Netherlands shared a standard fabric tradition in the course of the Bronze Age, among 3 and 4 thousand years in the past. They used related sorts of pottery and metalwork, lived within the related form of homes and buried their useless within the similar form of tombs, usually rather assorted to these utilized by their neighbours extra inland. the ocean didn't seem to be a barrier to those humans yet particularly a road, connecting groups in a special cultural identification; the 'People of l. a. Manche'. Symbolic of those maritime Bronze Age Connections is the enduring Dover Bronze Age boat, one among Europe's maximum prehistoric discoveries and testomony to the ability and technical sophistication of our Bronze Age ancestors. This monograph offers papers from a convention held in Dover in 2006 organised by means of the Dover Bronze Age Boat belief, which introduced jointly students from many alternative international locations to discover and rejoice those historic seaborne contacts. Twelve wide-ranging chapters discover subject matters of shuttle, alternate, construction, magic and formality that throw new gentle on our realizing of the seafaring peoples of the second one millennium BC
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10. Europe--Commerce--History--Congresses. I. Clark, Peter. 1’5094--dc22 2009024737 Cover design by Mark Duncan, photography by Andrew Savage and cover concept by Peter Clark Printed and bound in Great Britain by Hobbs the Printer Ltd Totton, Hampshire Contents List of contributors 1. Introduction: Building New Connections Peter Clark 2. Encompassing the Sea: ‘Maritories’ and Bronze Age maritime interactions Stuart Needham 3. From Picardy to Flanders: Transmanche connections in the Bronze Age Jean Bourgeois and Marc Talon 4.
Precious cups and Early Bronze Age maritime interactions Only sixteen Early Bronze Age cups of this special character are known.
Exchange was not driven by commercial objectives, but instead there were two other dominant processes. On the one hand, there is an intrinsic yearning by people to reach out into the world beyond their immediate experience, to ‘touch’ the more distant and mythical realms which often have associations with the gods and ancestors. On the other hand, it was a way for aspiring high-ranking members of a community to prove themselves worthy of their would-be station by embarking on a difficult mission (also Kristiansen and Larsson 2005, 39–41; Van de Noort 2006, 279–282).