chapter  5
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THE EARLIER BRONZE AGE

WithMIKE PARKER PEARSON

There are many recent books about the British Early Bronze Age and its surrounding centuries (Barber 2003; Barrett 1994; Burgess 1980; Clarke et al. 1985; Parker Pearson 2005), written from different theoretical and empirical perspectives and with different emphases and audiences. This is a brief outline of the various types of evidence and the ways in which archaeologists have used them to understand and write about the lives of these vanished and anonymous people. It adopts the methodology of a contextual analysis, examining the various threads of evidence independently and also weaving them together.

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