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)