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Settlements and houses between Elbe and Ems – The Funnel Beaker Culture in North-Western Germany

Mennenga, Moritz

Over an extended period of time, the research focus of investigations on the TRB West Group was placed on megalithic graves and some singular house plans. Within the PhD study summarized in this contribution, the results of old and new excavations have been reviewed to compare the structures of the houses and the settlements from different situations. Within the new excavations of Lavenstedt, it was possible to investigate a cultural layer containing finds from the TRB West Group for the first time. These finds could be used to identify activity areas in the settlement. Through the combination of the ceramic finds of the sites and the results of radiocarbon dating, it was possible to revise the absolute dates of Brindley’s chronology and correct the time spans of her horizons. In addition to the identification of internal structures of houses and settlements, another result of the investigation concerned the comparison of house forms, finds, settlements and cultural relations within the European context.

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