The bronze industry
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The bronze industry book
In the foregoing pages emphasis has been placed on the indigenous development of the British Late Bronze Age communities and the relative self-sufﬁciency of their subsistence economies. Superimposed upon this pattern of intense regionalism is a complicated and wide-ﬂung exchange system best exempliﬁed by the distribution of bronze weapons and implements. Exchange was on two levels: overseas, which brought in exotic types – often copied locally – and local, distributing the products of British smiths over more limited territories. This kind of specialist activity had a long ancestry in Britain; the Late Bronze Age was to see its ultimate development and the beginning of its decline.