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Rethinking time, culture and socioeconomic organisation in Bronze Age Transylvania

  • Colin P. Quinn (a1), Horia Ciugudean (a2), Gabriel Bălan (a2) and Gregory Hodgins (a3)


South-west Transylvania was an important source of metal and other natural resources for Bronze Age Europe, helping to facilitate the development of increasingly hierarchical societies. The absence of a radiocarbon-based chronology for Transylvania, however, has impeded understanding of the region's role within broader socioeconomic networks. Here, the presentation of the first radiocarbon chronology for the Wietenberg Culture in south-west Transylvania allows the authors to highlight the importance of interregional exchange and reliable access to metal for Bronze Age European societies, and emphasise that resource-procurement zones follow unique trajectories of socioeconomic organisation.


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Rethinking time, culture and socioeconomic organisation in Bronze Age Transylvania

  • Colin P. Quinn (a1), Horia Ciugudean (a2), Gabriel Bălan (a2) and Gregory Hodgins (a3)


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