Bronze Age started in Mesopotamia and ended with the Kassite period
Bronze Age started in the Aegean Bronze Age
Trade networks were used to transport tin and charcoal to Cyprus so that it could be alloyed with the copper mined there to produce bronze
Isotopic analysis of tin in some Mediterranean bronze artefacts suggests they may have originated from Britain
Bronze Age started in Ancient Egypt
Bronze Age started in Britain
Early Bronze Age (2500-1500 BC) - New pottery style arrived referred to as the Beaker culture; long barrows and passage graves are replaced with round barrows for burials
Middle Bronze Age (1500-1000 BC) - Growth of population and change in burial practice away from barrow burial, towards cremation in large open cemeteries where ashes were placed in specially-prepared pottery urns
Late Bronze Age (1000-700 BC) - Marked by the arrival of new styles of metalwork and pottery and start of the 'Celtic' way of life
Bronze Age started in Ireland
Bronze Age ended in Britain
During the late Bronze Age an economic collapse in the value of Bronze seen in the bronze hoards found across the UK
It is likely that metal smiths and traders were trying to keep quantities of Bronze out of the market (by burying it) to heighten the value of bronze objects
The sheer quantity of bronze in such hoards indicates that it was not only the wealthy who had access to bronze in the later Bronze Age
(There is no clear consensus on the dates for the Bronze Age - date ranges above are indicative only)
LIVING IN THE BRONZE AGE
During the Late Neolithic, a number of immigrants entered Britain at various places and times and brought with them their distinctive bell-shaped beakers (decorated in horizontal zones by finely toothed stamps) and their knowledge of of metalworking, first in copper and gold, then later in bronze. Possibly originally from Spain, their continual search for metals, accelerated the spread of bronze metallurgy across Europe. A warlike group, Becker people were primarily bowmen but were also armed with a flat dagger or spearhead of copper and a curved, rectangular wrist guard made of bone or slate.
Bronze Age people lived in farming communities, rather than the small family clans of the previous Stone Age. Dwellings were usually circular with a wattle-and-daub wall or dry stone wall and thatched or turfed roof over a cone of wooden beams. The house had a single entrance and a central hearth around which people slept. Clothing was mostly wool based, woven with a simple weave, so became more sophisticated than the animal hides mainly worn during the Stone Age. Jewellery was worn, hair managed as people started to care for their appearance. Hunted and "wild" gathered food was no longer a main part of the diet, as farming could sustain more people in one area. Crops were stored of use out-of-season or bartered for other goods.
As well as metal, other crafts continued on from the Stone Age including flintknapping, basketry, bone working, woodworking leather tanning and more. The use of stone tools was more common in the early Bronze Age as not everyone could afford metal objects, but this did not compromise the quality of the flint work from the Bronze Age.