urnfield


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urnfield

(ˈɜːnˌfiːld)
n
a cemetery full of individual cremation urns
adj
(Anthropology & Ethnology) (of a number of Bronze Age cultures) characterized by cremation in urns, which began in E Europe about the second millennium bc and by the seventh century bc had covered almost all of mainland Europe
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but this motif belongs to the Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age sun-bark type motifs which might indicate a communication with the Central European Urnfield Culture.
In Le Theil, in west-central France, a class C I helmet was found in an unmistakable early Urnfield context, and so has to be dated to either the thirteenth or twelfth century BC (Hencken 1971: 62, Figure 33).
The Urnfield people, who may have spoken some sort of Celtic dialect, developed villages and farming culture during the 13th century BC.