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
Workshops and their sphere of influence is an important factor in the identification of social groups who are related to what we term workshop. Here the specialization within the workshop based on certain forms and behaviours can be linked to the knowledge of social groups. Statements about the origin of foreign objects can help to clarify social interaction in Bronze Age Europe. The project aims not only to find the centres of production and their distribution areas but also to examine their role in the creation of social identities. The aim is furthermore to examine the techniques used by the Bronze Age smith in Northern Europe. The presence of crafting similarities on the bronze objects is the main argument for their production in a specific workshop. Due to the fact that on a bronze object, it is possible to recognize these distinctive features and traits of crafting, it is therefore possible to compare these traits between different bronze objects. Using a group of bronze objects who are already critically analyzed with regard to the formal characteristics gives a unique opportunity to recognize the workshops and their distribution areas and will be the base of the project.