1 School of Culture and Society - Prehistoric Archaeology, subject, School of Culture and Society, Arts, Aarhus University2 School of Culture and Society - Prehistoric Archaeology, subject, School of Culture and Society, Arts, Aarhus University
During 1550-1100 BC magnificent decorated bronze objects appear in grave and hoard finds in Northwest Europe. While investigating similarities in the decorative elements of bronze objects belonging to the female gender, it is possible to find traces of the production process. These distinctive features can help to identify workshops and their sphere of influence. Sometimes these traces have the ability to give much more information than just indicate the crafting process of the object. Errors occur in commonly used forging techniques may contain references to the producer. Individual steps can be reconstructed by means of small changes on the object. Even personal preferences or individual crafting techniques can be seen by the contemplation of an object. Due to simple physical rules, the interpretation of working steps made in our modern world can be transferred to the Bronze Age. All these mentioned indicators show the individual behind the object. This PhD-project can contribute to new insights on collective and individual identities in northwest Europe during the middle Bronze Age.