Why did these bronze-age people burn instead of burying their dead?
The leaf-shaped type was the typical bronze-age sword of western and northern Europe.
They developed to the bronze-age culture of the civilizations they overthrew, and then, more slowly, to an iron-age culture.
|Bronze Age |
A period of human culture between the Stone Age and the Iron Age, characterized by the use of weapons and implements made of cast bronze. The beginning of the Bronze Age is generally dated before 3000 BCE in parts of Mediterranean Europe, the Middle East, and China. See Note at Three Age system.