Terramare

Terramare

 

a settlement of a Bronze Age archaeological culture in northern Italy. The terramares were small fortified settlements 1–2 hectares in area. Their population was engaged in land cultivation, stock raising, and hunting. Finds in the terramares have included hand-modeled pottery vessels with crescent handles, as well as bronze and stone implements and weapons. The discovery of flaxseed and of fragments of clothing and spinning wheels testifies to the development of weaving. Judging by the type of burials (urn necropolises), there was no sharp social or property-based inequality.

REFERENCE

Nemirovskii, A. I. “Plemena Italii vo II tys. do n. e.” Vestnik drevneiistorii, 1957, no. 1.
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