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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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).
By around 800 B.C., iron mining and metallurgy were well established in Western and Central Europe, especially in the territories inhabited by various groups belonging to the loosely interrelated peoples of the so-called "Urnfield cultures." These tribal groups occupied the valleys of the Rhine, Danube and their tributaries, and from these groups evolved such diverse peoples as the Celts, Illyrians and Slays.