The Bronze Age climate and environment of Britain
Bronze Age Review, 1, .
Over the last twenty years there have been tremendous advances in our knowledge of climate
change in later British prehistory from a wide variety of proxy-climate sources. This chapter
will summarise our present understanding for the period 2000-500 BC and highlight the areas
in which further research is required. A secondary aim is to review how much we can infer
from these proxy-climate records concerning the wider environment, including the day-today
environment of Bronze Age peoples and the stresses imposed upon their societies. This
area is far more subjective but lies at the heart of serious, i.e. non-superficial, attempts to
relate aspects of change in Bronze Age society to environmental change.
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