Piece Offerings: the Destruction and Deposition of Metalwork in Bronze Age Britain

Joint Cornwall Archaeological Society lecture
Dr Matthew G. Knight (National Museums Scotland)
A bronze age lying on a pile of broken bronze weapons


The destruction and deposition of Bronze Age metalwork took many forms. Weapons were decommissioned and thrown into rivers; axes were fragmented and piled in hoards; and ornaments were crushed, contorted and placed in certain landscapes. There are many such examples from south-west Britain. But what did these practices mean to the people involved? This talk will address how and why these practices took place at a localised scale and highlight trends and connections across Britain and north-western Europe to illustrate how destruction and deposition contributed to social life in the Bronze Age.

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