Bronze Age ‘Herostrats’: Ritual, Political, and Domestic Economies in Early Bronze Age Denmark

@article{Holst2013BronzeA,
  title={Bronze Age ‘Herostrats’: Ritual, Political, and Domestic Economies in Early Bronze Age Denmark},
  author={Mads K{\"a}hler Holst and Marianne Rasmussen and Kristian Kristiansen and Jens-Henrik Bech},
  journal={Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society},
  year={2013},
  volume={79},
  pages={265 - 296}
}
In this article we argue that within the Danish Bronze Age there was a short-lived period (roughly 1500–1150 bc) that witnessed a dramatic investment of resources into the construction of monumental architecture in the form of barrows and long houses. These investments had far-reaching long-term effects on the local landscape with negative consequences for agricultural productivity. We use two extraordinary well-documented excavations of a barrow (Skelhøj) and a long house (Legård) as a model… 
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