Celtic from the West: Alternative Perspectives from Archaeology, Genetics, Language and Literature

Celtic from the West: Alternative Perspectives from Archaeology, Genetics, Language and Literature

Paperback Celtic Studies Publications

Edited by Barry Cunliffe, Edited by John T. Koch

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  • Publisher: Oxbow Books
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 244mm x 26mm | 1,238g
  • Publication date: 12 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 1842174754
  • ISBN 13: 9781842174753
  • Illustrations note: 83 b/w illus, 39 colour & b/w maps
  • Sales rank: 427,193

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This work is an exploration of the new idea that the Celtic languages originated in the Atlantic Zone during the Bronze Age, approached from various perspectives pro and con, archaeology, genetics, and philology.

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The arguments are complex, and involve, as Barry says, leaving the comfort and familiarity of archaeological concepts to try to understand the methods of linguists and geneticists, but the book presents a powerful body of evidence from these sources to suggest that proto-Celtic came from the eastern Mediterranean with Bronze-Age traders seeking metal ores, and that it became the lingua franca of the mining and trading communities of the Atlantic tin trade, which might help to explain the apparent anomaly of a Phoenician gene marker being found in DNA samples from people living on Anglesey.'--Christopher Catling"SALON - The Society of Antiquaries Online Newsletter" (01/01/0001)