The Archaeology of Celtic Britain and Ireland: c. AD 400 - 1200

The Archaeology of Celtic Britain and Ireland: c. AD 400 - 1200


By (author) Lloyd Laing


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  • Format: Paperback | 422 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 241mm x 25mm | 907g
  • Publication date: 8 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521547407
  • ISBN 13: 9780521547406
  • Illustrations note: 127 b/w illus.
  • Sales rank: 1,143,900

Product description

The image of the Celt is one of the most emotive in the European past, evoking pictures of warriors, feasts, and gentle saints and scholars. This comprehensive and fully-illustrated book, first published in 2006, re-appraises the archaeology of the Celtic-speaking areas of Britain and Ireland from the late fourth to the twelfth century AD, a period in which the Celts were a leading cultural force in northern Europe. Drawing on recent scientific advances, the book provides a new perspective on the economy, settlement, material culture, art and technological achievements of the early medieval Celts and re-examines their interaction with the Romans and Vikings. Including a full survey of artefacts and archaeological sites, from memorial stones to monasteries, this is essential reading for any student or scholar with an interest in Celtic archaeology, history or culture.

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'... useful for the student or academic needing an easy and quick answer ...' Journal of Medieval Archaeology '... a useful mine for information ...' The Innes Review

Table of contents

Introduction: who were the Celts?; 1. The Celtic world; 2. Settlements; 3. Farming; 4. Everyday Objects and Equipment; 5. Industry and technology; 6. Trade and communication; 7. Clothes and jewellery; 8. Art; 9. The Church; 10. South-western Britain; 11. Wales; 12. Ireland and the Isle of Man; 13. Southern Scotland and Northern England; 14. Northern Scotland; Epilogue: the end of Celtic Britain and Ireland; Further reading; Bibliography.