Bronze Age Grantham

Bronze Age Burials and Grave Goods

Barrows are large mounds of earth above pre-historic graves. Archaeologists often excavate barrows, as they usually contain lots of different burials, from one individual to large numbers of people. 


What are 'grave goods'?

In the past people were buried with 'grave goods'. These are a selection of their belongings, including weapons, jewellery or pottery. The items buried alongside a person can tell us a lot about that person and give us vital clues about how people lived in the Bronze Age.

 

The first 'beakers':

Pottery beakers, known as 'Beaker vessels' have been found with Bronze Age burials. These were thin-walled, red, flat-based pots, usually decorated. These were similar to items found in mainland Europe. Some people think this suggests that the people of the Bronze Age may have arrived in Britain from Europe, but others believe that rapid change in the existing population brought about the Bronze Age.

  

Glossary:

Barrow - a large mound of earth above a prehistoric grave

Bronze - a hard, yellowish-brown alloy (mixture) of copper and tin, often used to cast statues

Excavate - dig something up, usually at an archaeological site

Vessel - hollow container, often used for liquid


Download the interactive grave goods sorting activity, which provides a selection of grave goods found alongside Bronze Age burials. 




 
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