Atlantic Europe in the First Millennium BC: Crossing the Divide

Atlantic Europe in the First Millennium BC: Crossing the Divide


Edited by Tom Moore, Edited by Xose-Lois Armada


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 720 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 239mm x 51mm | 1,383g
  • Publication date: 4 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199567956
  • ISBN 13: 9780199567959
  • Illustrations note: 140 in text b/w illustrations.
  • Sales rank: 1,608,248

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European first millennium BC studies have witnessed an increasing theoretical divide between the approaches adopted in different countries. Whilst topics such as ethnicity, identity, and agency have dominated many British studies, such themes have had less resonance in continental approaches. At the same time, British and Iberian first millennium BC studies have become increasingly divorced from research elsewhere in Europe. While such divergence reflects deep historical divisions in theory and methodology between European perspectives, it is an issue that has been largely ignored by scholars of the period. This volume addresses these issues by bringing together 33 papers by leading Bronze Age and Iron Age scholars from France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Ireland, North America, and the United Kingdom. Initial chapters from leading specialists introduce major themes (landscape studies, social organisation, historiography, dynamics of change, and identity), providing overviews on the history of approaches to these areas, personal perspectives on current problems, and possible future research directions. Subsequent chapters by key researchers develop these topics, presenting case studies and in-depth discussions of particular issues relating to the first millennium BC in the Atlantic realm of Western Europe.

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Author information

Xose-Lois Armada is a Post-doctoral Researcher in The Heritage Laboratory (LaPa) at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). His research focuses on the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age in western Europe, dealing with issues such as metallurgy, rituals of feasting, and the history of archaeology.

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an important volume with many interesting contributions and an excellent introductory paper by the editors ... [a] highly interesting and stimulating book Manuel Fernandez-Gotz, European Journal of Archaeology

Table of contents

LIST OF FIGURES ; LIST OF TABLES ; LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS ; PART 1. CROSSING THE DIVIDE ; 1. Crossing the Divide: opening a dialogue on approaches to Western European first millennium BC studies ; PART 2. LANDSCAPE STUDIES ; 2. Settlement and landscape in Iron Age Europe: archaeological mainstreams and minorities ; 3. Historical ecology: using what works to cross the divide ; 4. Stelae iconography and landscape in south-west Iberia ; 5. Landscape dynamics, political processes and social strategies in the eastern Iberian Iron Age ; 6. A re-examination of three Wessex type sites: Little Woodbury, Gussage All Saints and Winnall Down ; 7. Landscape in the Late Iron Age of north-western Portugal ; 8. La Tene and early Gallo-Roman settlement in central Gaul. An examination of the boundary between the Aedui, Lingoni and Senoni (Northern Burgundy, France) ; PART 3. THE SOCIAL MODELLING OF LATE BRONZE AGE AND IRON AGE SOCIETIES ; 9. Reconstructing Iron Age Society revisited ; 10. How did British Middle and Late Pre-Roman Iron Age societies work (if they did)a ; 11. Social inequality during the Iron Age: interpretation models ; 12. Iron Age societies against the state. An account on the emergence of the Iron Age in north-western Iberia ; 13. Shifting centres of power and changing elite symbolism in the Scheldt fluvial basin during the Late Bronze Age and the Iron Age ; 14. Examples of social modelling in the Seine valley during the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age ; 15. Becoming Welsh. Modelling first millennium BC societies in Wales and the Celtic context ; 16. Person, family and community: the social structure of Iron Age societies seen through the organization of their housing in north-western Europe ; 17. Approaching sex and status in Iron Age Britain with reference to the nearer continent ; PART 4. CONTINUITY AND CHANGE ; 18. Approaches to metalwork - the role of technology in tradition, innovation and cultural change ; 19. The problem of continuity: re-assessing the shape of the British Iron Age sequence ; 20. Iron Age Ireland: continuity, change and identity ; 21. Exploring status and identity in Later Iron Age Britain: reinterpreting mirror burials ; 22. Discovering San Chuis hillfort (northern Spain): archaeometry, craft technologies and social interpretation ; 23. Changing to remain the same. The southern Iberian Peninsula between the third and the first centuries BC ; PART 5. RHYTHMS OF LIFE AND DEATH ; 24. Crossing the divide in the first millennium BC: a study into the cultural biographies of boats ; 25. The warrior stelae of the Iberian south-west. Symbols of power in ancestral landscapes ; 26. Funerary expression and ideology in the Cogotas culture settlements in the northern Meseta of the Iberian Peninsula ; 27. Warriors and heroes from the northeast of Iberia: a view from the funerary contexts ; 28. Headhunting and social power in Iron Age Europe ; 29. The ritual representation of the body during the Late Iron Age in northern France ; PART 6. EXPLORING EUROPEAN RESEARCH TRADITIONS ; 30. Iron Age knowledge: Pre-Roman peoples and myths of origin ; 31. Exploring Late Iron Age settlement in Britain and the near Continent: Reading Edward Gibbon s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and examining the significance of landscape, place, and water in settlement studies ; 32. The introduction to ethnicity-syndrome in protohistorical archaeology ; 33. Boundaries, status and conflict: An exploration of Iron Age research in the 20th century