European contacts: sixth to ﬁfth century
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European contacts: sixth to ﬁfth century book
In central Europe the change to the Hallstatt D stage of culture took place a little before 600 BC. By this time the central areas of development, typiﬁed by the rich chieftains’ burials, had shifted west into the middle Rhine and Moselle region and into Burgundy – areas which now beneﬁted from the new trade routes along the Rhône that had opened up following the foundation of the trading port of Massilia (Marseilles). Trading systems were by this time well established between central Europe and the Mediterranean world, and luxury goods belonging to wine-drinking and feasting rituals were being imported from Greek and Etruscan workshops, eventually ﬁnding their way into the tombs of the aristocracy (Cunliffe 1988a, 24-35). Trading contacts between Britain and the Continent appear to have been less intensive in the sixth and early ﬁfth centuries than they had been in the preceding 100 years, but nevertheless a number of imported metal objects of Hallstatt D type are known.