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Bell Beaker Culture


Definition: The culture known as Bell Beaker is the largest portion of the loosely grouped Beaker Folk, named for a very particular type of ceramic vessel, shaped like an upside-down bell. A very widespread culture throughout most of central Europe, the Bell-beaker folk were pastoralists from the Late Copper Age (Chalcolithic) into the Early Bronze Age, ca. 4000-2000 BC.

Also see the Linearbandkeramik culture for more information.

This glossary entry is part of the Dictionary of Archaeology.
Also Known As: Glockenbecher (German) and Gobelet campaniforme (French)
Budakalász (Hnugary),
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