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Metal Age

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The introduction of bronze was followed by that of iron, which is widely available. This led to concentrations of military power, to conquests and to the migration of tribes like these of the Celts.

Burial mounds can also be found in great numbers during the Iron Age. A great variety of urns is exhibited, and also a pair of bone skates. Also cremation remnants (pieces of bone) can be seen. When the Teutons moved in, in these (by that time) Romanized regions during the fifth century after Christ, they also brought their specific kind of pottery. This proof of the migration of the Germanic peoples is found in this town, and is also on exhibit.

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A new revolution is brought about by the use of metal. At first, copper and gold were used, because these can be forged unheated. Bronze, which is an alloy of copper and tin, was distributed over vast areas. All sorts of tools were produced an were sold by merchants.

Apart from a new raw material, the Bronze Age also entailed a new custom for burials, namely the use of burial mounds. In the museum this is illustrated by means of maquettes. Further you see bronze tools and weapons, like axes and spears, and also pottery (urns). On the paintings you see that the Bronze Age people lived on moorland

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