Communities and Connections

Communities and Connections


Edited by Chris Gosden, Edited by Helena Hamerow, Edited by Philip De Jersey, Edited by Gary Lock

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 236mm x 36mm | 1,043g
  • Publication date: 6 February 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 019923034X
  • ISBN 13: 9780199230341
  • Illustrations note: 142 in-text illustrations

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For almost forty years the study of the Iron Age in Britain has been dominated by Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe. Between the 1960s and 1980s he led a series of large-scale excavations at famous sites including the Roman baths at Bath, Fishbourne Roman palace, and Danebury hillfort which revolutionized our understanding of Iron Age society, and the interaction between this world of 'barbarians' and the classical civilizations of the Mediterranean. His standard text on Iron Age Communities in Britain is in its fourth edition, and he has published groundbreaking volumes of synthesis on The Ancient Celts (OUP, 1997) and on the peoples of the Atlantic coast, Facing the Ocean (OUP, 2001). This volume brings together papers from more than thirty of Professor Cunliffe's colleagues and students to mark his retirement from the Chair of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford, a post which he has held since 1972. The breadth of the contributions, extending over 800 years and ranging from the Atlantic fringes to the eastern Mediterranean, is testimony to Barry Cunliffe's own extraordinarily wide interests.

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Gary Lock is Professor of Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology and Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford.

Table of contents

I. TRAVELLERS, COASTAL TRADE, AND EXPLORATION ; 1. Sailing to the Britannic Isles: some Mediterranean perspectives on the remote North-West from the sixth century BC to the seventh century AD ; 2. Home truths from travellers' tales: on the transmission of culture in the European Iron Age ; 3. Questions of context: a Greek cup from the River Thames ; 4. Pre-Roman Iron Age boats and rocks in the North: reality and reflection ; 5. Coasting Britannia: Roman trade and traffic around the shores of Britain ; 6. The production technology of, and trade in, Egyptian Blue pigment in the Roman world ; II. 'ON THE EDGE'. AT THE FRINGES OF EUROPE ; 7. Cores and peripheries revisited: the mining landscapes of Wadi Faynan (southern Jordan) 5000 BC-AD 700 ; 8. Where were North African nundinae held? ; 9. A feast of Beltain? Reflections on the rich Danebury harvests ; 10. A reassessment of the enclosure at Lugg, County Dublin, Ireland ; 11. The Late Castro culture of north-west Portugal: dynamics of change ; III. THE CELTIC HEARTLANDS ; 12. From Austria to Arras: the gold armlets from Grave 115, Mannersdorf a.d. Leitha, Lower Austria ; 13. Bourges in the earlier Iron Age: an interim view ; 14. British potins abroad: a new find from central France and the Iron Age in south-east England ; 15. Mapping Celticity, mapping Celticization ; 16. Druids: towards an archaeology ; IV. LANSCAPES AND SOCIETY IN IRON AGE AND ROMAN BRITAIN ; 17. Sculpture as landscape: archaeology and the Englishness of Henry Moore ; 18. Wessex hillforts after Danebury: exploring boundaries ; 19. A new Gallo-Belgic B coin die from Hampshire ; 20. Evidence of absence? The rarity of gold in Durotrigan Iron Age coinage ; 21. Meme Machines and the mills of the imagination: science and supposition in archaeological enquiry ; 22. 'How dare they leave all this unexcavated!' Continuing to discover Roman Bath ; 23. Decoration and demon traps: the meanings of geometric borders in Roman mosaics ; 24. 'The race that is set before us': the athletic ideal in the aesthetics and culture of early Roman Britain ; 25. Barry Cunliffe: an interim bibliography