By Peter Clark
New and fascinating discoveries on each side of the English Channel lately have began to teach that folks dwelling within the coastal zones of Belgium, southern Britain, northern France and the Netherlands shared a standard fabric tradition throughout the Bronze Age, among 3 and 4 thousand years in the past. They used comparable sorts of pottery and metalwork, lived within the related form of homes and buried their useless within the comparable form of tombs, frequently really diverse to these utilized by their neighbours additional inland. the ocean didn't seem to be a barrier to those humans yet really a road, connecting groups in a distinct cultural id; the 'People of l. a. Manche'. Symbolic of those maritime Bronze Age Connections is the enduring Dover Bronze Age boat, one in all Europe's maximum prehistoric discoveries and testomony to the ability and technical sophistication of our Bronze Age ancestors. This monograph provides papers from a convention held in Dover in 2006 organised by means of the Dover Bronze Age Boat belief, which introduced jointly students from many various international locations to discover and rejoice those historical seaborne contacts. Twelve wide-ranging chapters discover topics of commute, trade, construction, magic and formality that throw new gentle on our figuring out of the seafaring peoples of the second one millennium BC
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Com A CIP record for this book is available from the British Library Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Bronze Age connections : cultural contact in prehistoric Europe/edited by Peter Clark. p. cm. Presentations from a conference held Sept. 2006 in Dover, England. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-1-84217-348-0 1. Bronze age--Europe--Congresses. 2. Acculturation--Europe--History--To 1500--Congresses. 3. Intercultural communication--Europe--History--To 1500--Congresses.
It is now sixteen years since the discovery of the Dover Bronze Age boat, at once a supreme example of the boatbuilder’s art and a symbol of the human connections across the hazardous and unpredictable waters of the sea – the mysterium tremendum et fascinus. The find is a hugely important and influential contribution that continues to inspire debate amongst students of the Bronze Age around the world. In this sense it was very gratifying that so many of the delegates attending the 2006 conference were from countries other than England; apart from the speakers themselves, we welcomed people from France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and the USA, many of them students who joined an audience of British scholars and members of the local community for the two-day conference.
The name navicular, of course, derives from the bone’s physical resemblance to a small boat. Acknowledgements First and foremost, thanks must go to the Trustees of the Dover Bronze Age Boat Trust whose vision and commitment made the conference such a success; Paul Bennett, Steve Bispham, Bill Fawcus, John Moir, Frank Panton, Andrew Richardson, David Ryeland, Anthony Ward and Robin Westbrook. The practical co-ordination and organisation of the conference was undertaken by Denise Ryeland, who discharged her responsibilities with exemplary efficiency and good humour, and invaluable support and assistance was provided by Jon Iveson and the staff of Dover museum.