Bronze Age Connections: Cultural Contact in Prehistoric

New and fascinating discoveries on each side of the English Channel in recent times have started to teach that folks residing within the coastal zones of Belgium, southern Britain, northern France and the Netherlands shared a typical fabric tradition throughout the Bronze Age, among 3 and 4 thousand years in the past. They used related forms of pottery and metalwork, lived within the related form of homes and buried their lifeless within the comparable type of tombs, frequently particularly assorted to these utilized by their neighbours additional inland. the ocean didn't seem to be a barrier to those humans yet really a road, connecting groups in a different cultural id; the 'People of l. a. Manche'. Symbolic of those maritime Bronze Age Connections is the enduring Dover Bronze Age boat, one in all Europe's maximum prehistoric discoveries and testomony to the ability and technical sophistication of our Bronze Age ancestors. This monograph offers papers from a convention held in Dover in 2006 organised via the Dover Bronze Age Boat belief, which introduced jointly students from many various nations to discover and rejoice those historical seaborne contacts. Twelve wide-ranging chapters discover topics of commute, trade, creation, magic and formality that throw new gentle on our figuring out of the seafaring peoples of the second one millennium BC.

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However, because the change from an internal to an external emphasis is so great, and yet so vital to survival, the quality of thinking and planning to develop this side of museum work must be of the best. In the past the museum curator acted as the definer of the museum message, with content and mode of communication chosen because he or she felt that it was right. The effectiveness of the exhibition in relation to the reception of the message was not in question. Now we understand that this is no longer justifiable, and that people must find museums interesting and useful in order for them to survive.

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The examples of how these skills might be demonstrated suggest using artefacts from a museum; for example making ‘deductions about social groups in Victorian Britain by looking at the clothes people wore’ (National Curriculum Council, 1991). Curricula from many other subject areas, such as science and art, also offer enormous and sometimes unexpected opportunities for museums of all sorts (Goodhew, 1989; Copeland, 1991; Pownall and Hutson, 1991). In part, the relevance of the National Curriculum to museums and galleries reflects the work put into assessing and responding to the curriculum proposals by the Group for Education in Museums.

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