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The Wessex culture is a name given to the predominant prehistoric culture of southern Britain during the early Bronze Age. It should not be confused with the later Saxon kingdom of Wessex. In archaeology, culture refers to either of two separate but allied concepts: An archaeological culture is a pattern of similar artefacts and features found within a specific area over a limited period of time. ... The Bronze Age is a period in a civilizations development when the most advanced metalworking has developed the techniques of smelting copper from natural outcroppings and alloys it to cast bronze. ... A map showing the general locations of the major Anglo-Saxon kingdoms The Anglo-Saxons were a group of Germanic tribes from Angeln—a peninsula in the southern part of Schleswig, protruding into the Baltic Sea, and what is now Lower Saxony, in the north-west coast of Germany—who... Wessex was one of the seven major Anglo-Saxon kingdoms (the Heptarchy) that preceded the kingdom of England. ...


Active during the first half of the 2nd millennium BC, our knowledge of the Wessex people comes from their burial practices as no settlement evidence has yet been positively identified. They buried their dead under barrows using inhumation at first but later using cremation and always with rich grave goods. It has been argued that they were an immigrant race, replacing the earlier Beaker people. (3rd millennium BC – 2nd millennium BC – 1st millennium BC – other millennia) Events Second dynasty of Babylon First Bantu migrations from west Africa The Cushites drive the original inhabitants from Ethiopia, and establish trade relations with Egypt. ... Barrow may refer to: A tumulus A castrated pig (the OED reports this as obsolete except in dialect usage in the UK: the term is still used in some parts of the southern US) Clyde Barrow, an American gangster Barrow, Alaska, United States Barrow, Gloucestershire, England Barrow, Lancashire, England Barrow... In archaeology and anthropology grave goods are the items interred along with the body. ... The Beaker people (or `Beaker folk) were an archaeological culture present in prehistoric Europe, defined by a pottery style -- a beaker with a distinctive bell-shaped profile -- that many archeologists believe spread across the western part of the Continent during the 3rd millennium BC. The pottery is particularly prevalent in...


They appear to have had wide ranging trade links with continental Europe, importing amber from the Baltic, jewellery from modern day Germany, gold from Brittany as well as daggers and beads from Mycenean Greece. The wealth from such trade probably permitted the Wessex people to construct the second and third (megalithic) phases of Stonehenge and also indicates a powerful form of social organisation. A fruit stand at a market. ... This is about the material called amber. ... Baltic can refer to: The Baltic Sea Council of the Baltic Sea States - an intergovernmental organization Baltic sea countries - countries with access to the Baltic Sea The term Baltic countries is sometimes used more or less synonymously for Northern Europe (Russia not included) The Baltic region (Balticum) Baltic States - the... Traditional coat of arms This article is about the historical duchy and French province, as well as the cultural area of Brittany. ... Stonehenge Stonehenge is a Neolithic and Bronze Age monument located near Amesbury in the English county of Wiltshire, about 8 miles (13 km) northwest of Salisbury. ...


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Wessex - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (920 words)
Wessex was one of the seven major Anglo-Saxon kingdoms (the Heptarchy) that preceded the Kingdom of England.
Wessex was, according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (ASC), founded by Cerdic and Cynric, although the specifics given by the ASC are considered to be suspect.
Wessex groups are currently campaigning for boundary revisions to the regions in order to more closely match their definitions of Wessex.
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