Bronze Age trade and exchange through the Alps: inflluencing cultural variability?
|Jennings, Benjamin R.
|Jennings BR (2015) Bronze Age trade and exchange through the Alps: inflluencing cultural variability?. In: Menotti, Francesco (Ed.) The End of The Lake-Dwellings in the Circum-Alpine Region. Oxford: Oxbow Books: 211-235.
|After more than 3500 years of occupation in the Neolithic and Bronze Age, the many lake-dwellings’ around the Circum-Alpine region ‘suddenly’ came to an end. Throughout that period alternating phases of occupation and abandonment illustrate how resilient lacustrine populations were against change: cultural/environmental factors might have forced them to relocate temporarily, but they always returned to the lakes. So why were the lake-dwellings finally abandoned and what exactly happened towards the end of the Late Bronze Age that made the lake-dwellers change their way of life so drastically? The new research presented here draws upon the results of a four-year-long project dedicated to shedding light on this intriguing conundrum. Placing a particular emphasis upon the Bronze Age, a multidisciplinary team of researchers has studied the lake-dwelling phenomenon inside out, leaving no stones unturned, enabling identification of all possible interactive socio-economic and environmental factors that can be subsequently tested against each other to prove (or disprove) their validity. By re-fitting the various pieces of the jigsaw a plausible, but also rather unexpected, picture emerges.
|Swiss National Science Foundation
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|Bronze Age; Alpine region; Cultural change; Object biographies; Lake-dwellings
|Bronze Age trade and exchange through the Alps: inflluencing cultural variability?