Beards, mustaches, styling and shaving seems to have always been highly varied among European men, even when one fashion dominates. It's during the Bronze Age that shaving becomes status-centered and archaeologically visible as a specialized tool set.
This paper by Mikkel Nortoft examines the IE shaving phenomenon from its Pontic origins using a multi-disciplinary approach:
"Shaving the Warrior: Archaeo-linguistic investigation of Indo-European warrior identity from the Eneolithic to the Bronze Age - prestige razors and ideology" by Mikkel Nortoft
This follows a recent post on male bone hair pins.
|MBA razor at Balnalick (see also NOSAS)|
The Beaker Culture was old enough to have possibly lived through several iterations of hair and beard styling. Looking at the age and distribution of bone hair pins, this may well be the case. There are a number of examples of Beaker razors or flint blades, and it is well possible that Beaker men most often shaved with their knives, as later razors look like tanged knives or Palmela points. The Balnalick example above is technically MBA, but is in time close to the Beaker period, assuming the knife isn't an heirloom.
Another flint razor at Rudston was was positioned before the face, showing the importance of this object to the occupant. But overall, assuming daggers weren't also shavers, the evidence for Beakers shaving so far doesn't appear anywhere as close to what you see with Urnfielders and later cultures. Again, this may a visibility problem, and it may also be that razors had not yet become status symbols despite universally clean-shaven faces.
|Rudston beaker (British Museum)|
There's another missing piece of evidence and that is graphic representations of the schematic-fixated Beakers. Well, there's just a few...
I thought this steale at Sion depicts a bearded Beaker, but that may just be too much imagination on my part. See Here.
I'll be shifting back to Iberia in the next post.