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Bronze and Iron age lances.
10th-5th c BCE European Bronze Age Applied Arts

BRONZE AGE Anonymous (c. 2000 BCE - c. 500 BCE) Primary
c. 1000 BCE-500 BCE
10th-5th c BCE
Slate
Cast
Bronze Age
Dagger
Central Europe.
Vienna. Naturhistorisches Museum.
prehis70.mig00002
The development of bronze not only gave tools to the farmers but it also gave more lethal weapons to the warriors. Iron was even harder than bronze, although it rusted easily. The ancient Egyptians made ornaments of meteoric iron and the earliest known iron dagger was hammered about 1350 BCE. Casting of iron was known by approximately 1000 BCE and at that time we are said to have entered the Iron Age, which continues to the present day. Studies of prehistoric graves made by Maria Gambutas, an historian of ancient Europe indicate that a profound change took place in the social structure of Europe from the Neolithic to the Bronze and Iron ages. The grave goods found in Neolithic graves tend to be relatively simple and fairly evenly distributed between men and women and members of the group. Bronze Age graves indicate a growing disparity in the goods found in graves, with much more elaborate offerings found in the graves of a few, and these graves included treasured weapons along with jewelry, pottery and bronze vessels and the remains of food. Such differences reflect the development of a powerful chief, for in almost all cases the elaborate graves were for males, and the division of the group into a powerful leader and his subordinates.

Caption: BRONZE AGE | Bronze and Iron age lances. | c. 1000 BCE-500 BCE | European | Bronze Age

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