Published online by Cambridge University Press: 08 October 2021
Much Bronze Age research is dominated by a top-down approach – a specific interest taken in the evolution of stratified society and the socio-political impact of metalworking. In this context, Bronze Age tell sites of the Carpathian Basin are interpreted as (proto-) urban settlements that with varying degrees of success drew upon agricultural and other resources from their surroundings and controlled the exchange in valuable objects and raw materials from abroad. They were home, supposedly, to some kind of functionally and politically differentiated population with peasants, craft specialists – and some in charge of all this (e.g. Earle & Kristiansen, 2010; Gogâltan, 2010; Hänsel, 1996).