Notes On History Part Two
To explain the Neolithic Package I am going to use the following two time-lines that I have made while reading.
The Bronze Age refers to a period in history when most advanced metalworking used bronze. The people either smelted copper and tin to make bronze or they traded for it. As usual, the Bronze Age started at different times for different civilizations. In some places they didn’t even go through it, while in others, like Ireland and Italy, they went through the Copper Age before moving on the Bronze Age.
The Bronze Age in Europe comes after the Neolithic Age in the late 3rd millennium BCE and lasting until 600 BCE. Of course different parts of Europe have different timings so here they are in detail:
- North-western Europe: 3200 – 750 BCE
- South-eastern Europe: 3200 – 1100 BCE
- Italy (Copper +Bronze Ages): 3200 – 1000 BCE
- Northern and Eastern Europe: 2750 – 750 BCE
- The British Isles and Ireland: 2200 – 800 BCE
For a general time-line of Europe in the Bronze Age (event oriented) see:
So why are these two time periods important? These are the times that the Indo-European languages spread in Europe and one of these languages, Proto-Celtic, was a distinct identity by 2000 BCE. This language and its people is the one I am mostly interested in.