Of all the period names in the expanded Three Age System, ‘Bronze Age’ may well be the one which retains least value for modern prehistorians, especially when it is a question of describing the very beginning or the very end of the period thus designated. The importance of this phase of prehistory is that it sees the spread of the techniques of early metallurgy, and subsequently of somewhat improved metallurgical processes, and the consequent flowering of richer prehistoric cultures than in any of the earlier periods.
KeywordsNative Copper Minoan Civilisation Early Metallurgy North European Plain Shaft Grave
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