Article Title

Rethinking Time, Culture, and Socioeconomic Organisation in Bronze Age Transylvania

Type of Work

Article

Date

2020

Journal Title

Antiquity

Journal ISSN

0003-598X

Journal Volume

94

Journal Issue

373

First Page

44

Last Page

61

DOI

10.15184/aqy.2019.231

Abstract

South-west Transylvania was an important source of metal and other natural resources for Bronze Age Europe, helping to facilitate the development of increasingly hierarchical societies. The absence of a radiocarbon-based chronology for Transylvania, however, has impeded understanding of the region's role within broader socioeconomic networks. Here, the presentation of the first radiocarbon chronology for the Wietenberg Culture in south-west Transylvania allows the authors to highlight the importance of interregional exchange and reliable access to metal for Bronze Age European societies, and emphasise that resource-procurement zones follow unique trajectories of socioeconomic organisation.

Hamilton Areas of Study

Anthropology

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