publication . Article . 2019

Scales, weights and weight-regulated artefacts in Middle and Late Bronze Age Britain

Lorenz Rahmstorf;
Open Access English
  • Published: 22 Jul 2019 Journal: Antiquity, volume 93, issue 371, pages 1,197-1,210 (issn: 0003-598X, eissn: 1745-1744, Copyright policy)
  • Country: Germany
The identification of weights and weight-regulated artefacts is of primary importance for confirming the existence of European Bronze Age value ratios and exchange systems. Until recently, however, no such Bronze Age artefacts had been identified in Britain. Here, statistical analysis identifies—for the first time—Middle and Late Bronze Age balance weights and weight-regulated gold objects from Britain, Ireland and Atlantic France. These finds allow for new interpretations concerning modes of exchange and their significance in Atlantic Europe, further underlining a Continental—and possibly Mediterranean—influence on Britain during the late second and early first...
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free text keywords: Archaeology, General Arts and Humanities, Britain, Bronze Age, scales, weights, weight-regulated artefacts, exchange, 100, Ancient history, Geography, Statistical analysis, Bronze Age
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Weight metrology and its economic and social impact on Bronze Age Europe, West and South Asia
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 648055
  • Funding stream: H2020 | ERC | ERC-COG
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Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
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