The Bronze Age

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1800 BC

Plot of land, dating back to the Late Bronze Age. Foundin Saha-Loo

In Estonia, bronze started to be more widely used around 1800 BC. During this era, land cultivation became the prominent vocation, and larger settlements were built. Several of them were fortified, resembling latter fortresses. People living in Estonia had close trade ties with Scandinavia. As bronze was very expensive, most of the tools were made out of stone, wealthier people, however, had several symbols of status, like bronze swords or -jewelry.

Stones for grinding grain, found from Iru settlement

During the Bronze Age, people were buried in stone cist graves.

Stone cist graves, dating back to Late Bronze Age. Found in Jõelähtme.

Source: A.Mäesalu, T. Lukas, M. Laur, T. Tannberg "Eesti ajalugu I" 1997 "Avita"

Image source: Eesti Ajaloo Atlas

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