Der Glockenbecher in Europa – eine Kartierung The mapping of the Bell Beaker in Europe

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Michael Bilger


This work is based on a study from 2015. It provides a cartographical visualization of the eponymous vessel of the Bell Beaker phenomenon, which occurred during the Eneolithic period across large parts of Europe. The frst goal of this work is to census the Bell Beakers and to provide a minimum number of the vessel. As not only whole vessels were taken into account but also sherds, a level-based certaintyclassifcation was used to accomplish this. The collected data is visualized via a series of GIS-based maps, mapping not only the different levels of certainty regarding the minimum number of Bell Beakers per region, but also a context-based differentiation of the material. This allows a distinction of the number of beakers found in graves and in settlements. In a fnal step, a density-based analysis was carried out, to fnd out the highest concentration of Bell Beakers in Europe. As a result, some regions can be identifed where this density is signifcantly higher than in others. 

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Bilger 2019: M. Bilger, Der Glockenbecher in Europa – eine Kartierung: The mapping of the Bell Beaker in Europe. JNA 20, 2, 2019, 203–270. DOI: