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Life and Death in the Bronze Age, from Eurasia to East Anglia

Chippenham Grave II (Edward Martin)

with Edward Martin

in The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, May 14th 2011

The Bronze Age marks the point when metals entered into the human consciousness, leading to momentous changes that are still with us today. This will be an exploration of some of the societies that first took up the discovery across Europe, with an emphasis on those that did so here in East Anglia

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Bronze Age beginnings – starting around 8000 BC, this will be an exploration of the first metal-using societies in the eastern Mediterranean area, featuring such key sites as Varna in Bulgaria, Ur in Mesopotamia, Byblos in the Levant and Mycenae in Greece, but also exploring lesser known sites in the Russian steppes and the linguistic and DNA contexts of these  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Exceptional evidence from Central and Northern Europe – a look at how sites with exceptional preservation and objects can widen our perception the lifestyles of the people of this period, focusing especially on the Copper Age ‘Iceman’ from the Alps and the wealth of organic materials, including clothing, from barrow burials in Denmark.  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 Life from death in Bronze Age Britain – how the rich evidence from burials casts light on life in Bronze Age Britain. This section will feature some of the key national sites, but will have a strong emphasis on East Anglian sites, including some that were excavated by the speaker, plus exciting new evidence from Flixton, Great Cornard and Wangford in Suffolk.  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Uncovering the settlements of Bronze Age Britain – this will explore the evidence for the places where Bronze Age people lived and will focus especially on the speaker’s own work on a settlement site at West Row Fen, where the first Bronze Age house in Suffolk was discovered..  
  16:15 Close  

About Edward Martin

Edward Martin has worked as an archaeologist with Suffolk County Council for many years, specialising in both prehistoric and historic landscape studies. He co-edited An Historical Atlas of Suffolk (3rd edition published 1999) and has written a wide range of monographs and articles. He excavated a Bronze Age settlement at West Row Fen in Mildenhall (article published in the journal Antiquity in 1988) and several Bronze Age burial sites (published in the East Anglian Archaeology series). He is also chairman of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Barber, M., Bronze and the Bronze Age. Metalworking and Society in Britain c.2500-800 BC (Tempus 2003)
Bienkowski, P. & Millard, A. (eds), British Museum Dictionary of the Ancient Near East (British Museum Press 2000)
Bradley, R., The Prehistory of Britain and Ireland (Cambridge University Press 2007)
Demakopoulou, K., Eluère, C., Jensen, J., Jockenhövel, A. and Mohen, J.-P., Gods and Heroes of the European Bronze Age (Thames & Hudson 1999)
Glob, P.V., The Mound People. Danish Bronze Age Man Preserved (Faber 1974)
Harding, A.F., European Societies in the Bronze Age (Cambridge University Press 2000)
Kohl, P.L., The Making of Bronze Age Eurasia (Cambridge University Press 2007)
Lawson, A, Martin, E. and Priddy, D., The Barrows of East Anglia, East Anglian Archaeology 12, 1981.
Mohen, J.-P. and Eluère, C., The Bronze Age in Europe (H.N. Abrams Inc. Publishers 2000)
Pearson, M. Parker, Bronze Age Britain (English Heritage 1993 [new ed. 2005])
Reade, J., Mesopotamia (British Museum Press 2000)
Shelmerdine, C.W. (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Aegean Bronze Age (Cambridge University Press 2008)
Spindler, K, The Man in the Ice (Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1994)


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