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A phase of the British early Bronze Age spanning the period 2000–1650 bc which was defined by Colin Burgess in the late 1970s. Coming immediately after the Mount Pleasant Period, the Overton Period sees the emergence of what are often regarded as traditional Bronze Age burial practices: cremations in cinerary urns and inhumations and cremations accompanied by food vessels. The period also saw the final stages of the use of Beaker pottery. It is named after the barrow cemetery at West Overton near Avebury in Wiltshire.

The richly furnished early Wessex Culture burials dominated by inhumations and associations with Armorico‐British daggers belong to the Overton Period, including the Bush Barrow burial from near Stonehenge in Wiltshire. Metallurgy during the Overton Period fits within Burgess's Stage VI, the Falkland industrial phase, which shows influences from the classic Úneˇtice/Reinecke A2 metalworking on the continent. The Overton Period is succeeded by the Bedd Branwen Period.

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