Michelsberg Culture

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Middle Neolithic communities occupying the area from Belgium through to the Alps in the period 4500–4000 bc. Named after a hilltop camp in the Rhineland, the Michelsberg Culture succeeded the Rössen Culture and is characterized by distinctive pottery forms, including tulip beakers, round‐based flasks with tall, conical necks, and vessels with finger‐impressed ornament around their rims. The culture has strong affinities with the Western Chassey and the middle Neolithic cultures of southern England, as well as with the TRB cultures of northern Europe. Michelsberg sites include ditched enclosed settlements and flint mines.

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