• Chronology and Bell Beaker Common Ware

      Piguet, Martine; Besse, Marie (Department of Geosciences, The University of Arizona, 2009-01-01)
      The Bell Beaker is a culture of the Final Neolithic, which spread across Europe between 2900 and 1800 BC. Since its origin is still widely discussed, we have been focusing our analysis on the transition from the Final Neolithic pre-Bell Beaker to the Bell Beaker. We thus seek to evaluate the importance of Neolithic influence in the establishment of the Bell Beaker by studying the common ware pottery and its chronology. Among the 26 main types of common ware defined by Marie Besse (2003), we selected the most relevant ones in order to determine--on the basis of their absolute dating--their appearance either in the Bell Beaker period or in the pre-Bell Beaker groups.