The early iron age settlement of hascherkeller in bavaria: Preliminary report on the 1979 excavations

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Abstract

Results of two seasons of excavation at Hascherkeller, aided by a magnetometer survey of the site, provide a detailed view of the structure of the settlement. It consists of three contiguous enclosures bounded by double ditches, a pattern unique among excavated settlements of this period in central Europe. The evidence recovered in the first two seasons offieldwork yields much information about a variety of economic activities at the site, including subsistence, manufacturing, and trade. Especially significant is the recovery of a mold for the casting of bronze rings. This discovery is important for our understanding of the organization of metallurgy during the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages; the find demonstrates that this relatively small community at Hascherkeller was manufacturing its own luxury goods of bronze, the constituents of which had to be imported from other parts of Europe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-328
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Field Archaeology
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980

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