By Peter Clark

New and fascinating discoveries on both sides of the English Channel in recent times have all started to teach that folks dwelling within the coastal zones of Belgium, southern Britain, northern France and the Netherlands shared a typical fabric tradition in the course of the Bronze Age, among 3 and 4 thousand years in the past. They used related types of pottery and metalwork, lived within the related form of homes and buried their useless within the related type of tombs, frequently fairly varied to these utilized by their neighbours extra inland. the ocean didn't seem to be a barrier to those humans yet particularly a street, connecting groups in a different cultural identification; the 'People of los angeles Manche'. Symbolic of those maritime Bronze Age Connections is the long-lasting 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 provides papers from a convention held in Dover in 2006 organised by means of the Dover Bronze Age Boat belief, which introduced jointly students from many various nations to discover and have a good time those old seaborne contacts. Twelve wide-ranging chapters discover issues of trip, trade, construction, magic and formality that throw new gentle on our knowing of the seafaring peoples of the second one millennium BC

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P. cm. Presentations from a conference held Sept. 2006 in Dover, England. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-1-84217-348-0 1. Bronze age--Europe--Congresses. 2. Acculturation--Europe--History--To 1500--Congresses. 3. Intercultural communication--Europe--History--To 1500--Congresses. 4. Europe--Antiquities--Congresses. 5. Excavations (Archaeology) Europe--Congresses. 6. Europe--History, Naval--Congresses. 7. Naval history, Ancient--Congresses. 8. Seafaring life--Europe--History--To 1500--Congresses.

We hope that this collection of papers will inform, entertain and stimulate further discussion about the Dover boat and its implications for Bronze Age society. There is still much to talk about, and new discoveries and new research will no doubt enrich the subject and help cast new perspectives on our current understanding of the issues. This is particularly pertinent in appreciating the social context of the boat, whether it be understood as a product of an Early or Middle Bronze Age society (Clark 2004d; van de Noort this volume).

Below, the port rattles and booms as a seemingly endless succession of ferries load and unload, huge steel behemoths towering over the cars and lorries they carry, forever plying backwards and forwards across the waves. Dover is Britain’s busiest port, with over fourteen million people passing through it each year, making the short sea crossing between England and France. This intimate connection has often been ambivalent, however; the great hills flanking the town are studded with the remains of gargantuan defences dating over many centuries, witness to times when the sea was a welcome barrier against continental threat rather than the populous highway it is today.

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