Corded Ware Culture

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Corded Ware Culture


a group of archaeological cultures of the late Aeneolithic period and the Bronze Age in Central and Eastern Europe and of the Neolithic period in Northern Europe. Among the common features shared by the cultures are the pottery, decorated with cord impressions or with hatching resembling cords, as well as polished perforated stone battle axes, (hence the alternate name of the Corded Ware culture—the Battle-ax culture). The cultures also have many differences, and therefore the question of whether they belong to a single ethnic group has yet to be resolved, although it is believed that their bearers were Indo-European tribes, ancestors of the Slavs, Germans, and Baits.


Mongait, A. L. Arkheologiia Zapadnoi Evropy: Kamennyi vek. Moscow, 1973.
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Taking out the trash: on excavating settlements in general, and houses of the Battle Axe Culture in particular.--Current Swedish Archaeology, 15-16(2007-2008), 111-136.
However, the first archaeologist to really dwell upon the topic was Aarne Ayrapaa (before 1930 Europaeus) who defined this pottery more closely and connected it with European Battle Axe cultures (Ayrapaa 1915, 10 ff.; 1917, 47 f.).
The necessity of steadfast maintenance of social relations between inhabitants of these regions, was probably to a great degree caused by the increase of military threat from the tribes of Battle Axe culture belonging to another economic-cultural type.

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