Conference Contribution Details
Mandatory Fields
O'Brien, W.
When Archaeology meets Linguistics and Genetics
Beaker culture mobility and metal in Atlantic Europe
University of Gothenberg
Invited Lectures (Conference)
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Metal has long been important to any consideration of the international Beaker culture, whether as a driver of trade connections and other forms of specialization, or as a material expression of new ideology and social relations. While copper and gold were first used at an earlier stage in Europe, Beaker groups can be closely associated with an increased use of metal across the Atlantic zone during the mid-to-late third millennium BC. They were active in the mining and production of metal, and created important innovations in material culture that were disseminated through long-distance networks of exchange. This paper will explore these contacts in metal circulation in relation to the mobility aspect of the international Beaker culture.