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Corded Ware Culture

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General term applied to a wide range of late Neolithic and early Bronze Age communities in central and northern Europe who used cord‐impressed decoration on their pottery, especially beakers and round‐bodied amphorae, during the later 3rd millennium bc. Their material culture often includes perforated stone battleaxes and single grave burial under a small round barrow or kurgan. Once believed to represent a series of pan‐European migrations from the steppe region of southern Russia, and credited with the spread of Indo‐European languages, it is now recognized that the tradition of making and using corded ware is the result of many local developments that shared certain common ideas. Corded Ware Culture communities are now seen as sedentary agriculturalists. In Scandinavia the Corded Ware Culture is known as the Single Grave Culture.

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