Celtic from the West 2: 2

Celtic from the West 2: 2 : Rethinking the Bronze Age and the Arrival of Indo-European in Atlantic Europe

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Europe's Atlantic facade has long been treated as marginal to the formation of the European Bronze Age and the puzzle of the origin and early spread of the Indo-European languages. Until recently the idea that Atlantic Europe was a wholly pre-Indo-European world throughout the Bronze Age remained plausible. Rapidly expanding evidence for the later prehistory and the pre-Roman languages of the West increasingly exclude that possibility. It is therefore time to refocus on a narrowing list of suspects' as possible archaeological proxies for the arrival of this great language family and emergence of its Celtic branch. This reconsideration inevitably throws penetrating new light on the formation of later prehistoric Atlantic Europe and the implications of new evidence for inter-regional connections. Celtic from the West 2 continues the series launched with Celtic from the West: Alternative Perspectives from Archaeology, Genetics, Language and Literature (2010; 2012) in exploring the new idea that the Celtic languages emerged in the Atlantic Zone during the Bronze Age. This Celtic Atlantic hypothesis represents a major departure from the long-established, but increasingly problematical scenario in which the Ancient Celtic languages and peoples called Keltoi (Celts) are closely bound up with the archaeology of the Hallstatt and La Tene cultures of Iron Age west-central Europe."show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 237 pages
  • 190 x 244 x 22mm | 939.99g
  • Oxbow Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (colour)
  • 1842175297
  • 9781842175293
  • 584,319

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Al met al is ook het tweede deel een interessante verzameling van werken; het bevat de meest recente essays die op elkaar aansluiten en een breed scala aan onderwerpen behandelen. Dit alles wordt onderbouwd door duidelijk foto's, tekeningen en kaarten om een zo goed mogelijk beeld van de beschreven situaties te geven.--Stephanie de Geus "Kelten, 61 (februari 2014) ""show more