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Fierce warriors and skilled craftsmen, the Celts were famous throughout the Ancient Mediterranean World. They were the archetypal barbarians from the north and were feared by both Greeks and Romans. For two and a half thousand years they have continued to fascinate those who have come into contact with them, yet their origins have remained a mystery and even today are the subject of heated debate among historians and archaeologists.

Barry Cunliffe's classic study of the ancient Celtic world was first published in 1997. Since then huge advances have taken place in our knowledge: new finds, new ways of using DNA records to understand Celtic origins, new ideas about the proto-urban nature of early chieftains' strongholds, All these developments are part of this fully updated , and completely redesigned edition.

Cunliffe explores the archaeological reality of these bold warriors and skilled craftsmen of barbarian Europe who inspired fear in both the Greeks and the Romans. He investigates the texts of the classical writers and contrasts their view of the Celts with current archaeological findings. Tracing the emergence of chiefdoms and the fifth- to third-century migrations as far as Bosnia and the Czech Republic, he assesses the disparity between the traditional story and the most recent historical and
archaeological evidence on the Celts.

Other aspects of Celtic identity such as the cultural diversity of the tribes, their social and religious systems, art, language and law, are also examined. From the picture that emerges, we are - crucially - able to distinguish between the original Celts, and those tribes which were 'Celtized', giving us an invaluable insight into the true identity of this ancient people.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 190 x 246 x 21mm | 944g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0198752938
  • 9780198752936
  • 15,539

Table of contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1: Visions of the Celts
2: Constructing the Historical Celts
3: In the Beginning: 5500-1300 BC
4: The Atlantic System: 1300-200 BC
5: Western Central Europe and the Mediterranean:1300-450 BC
6: The Migrations: 450-50 BC
7: The Communities of the Atlantic Facade
8: Celts and Others on the Eastern Fringes
9: Warfare and Society
10: The Arts of the Migration Period
11: Religious Systems
12: The Developed Celtic World
13: The Celts in Retreat
14: Celtic Survival
15: Retrospect
A Guide to Further Reading
Chronological Tables
Map Section
Illustration Sources
Index
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Review Text

Archaeologist Barry Cunliffe brings up to date his classic work on the Ancient Celts, those fierce warriors and skilled craftsmen who were famous throughout the ancient Mediterranean world. In this fully updated, and completely redesigned edition, Cunliffe assesses the disparity between the traditional story and the most recent historical and archaeological evidence on the Celts. Timeless Travels
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This book is of wider significance than just a volume for the general readership. It matters. It is at the forefront of a battle in Iron Age scholarship and the presentation of different ideas to the public, a battle which through publications like this one and others, Cunliffe is currently winning hands down. This is a fine book combining scholarly erudition and depth with popular appeal. Professor Cunliffe is one of the few academics able to achieve this fine
balance. * Dr Jody Joy, The Prehistoric Society * Archaeologist Barry Cunliffe brings up to date his classic work on the Ancient Celts, those fierce warriors and skilled craftsmen who were famous throughout the ancient Mediterranean world. In this fully updated, and completely redesigned edition, Cunliffe assesses the disparity between the traditional story and the most recent historical and archaeological evidence on the Celts. * Timeless Travels *
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About Barry Cunliffe

Barry Cunliffe taught archaeology at the Universities of Bristol and Southampton and was Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford from 1972 to 2008, thereafter becoming Emeritus Professor. He has excavated widely in Britain (Fishbourne, Bath, Danebury, Hengistbury Head, Brading) and in the Channel Islands, Brittany, and Spain, and has been President of the Council for British Archaeology and of the Society of Antiquaries, Governor of the Museum
of London, a Commissioner of English Heritage, and a Trustee of the British Museum. His many publications include Facing the Ocean (2001), The Druids: A Very Short Introduction (2010), Britain Begins (2012), By Steppe, Desert, and Ocean (2015), and On the Ocean (2017), all published by Oxford
University Press. He received a knighthood in 2006.
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