The archetypal `barbarians from the north’, the Celts were feared for their ferocity in battle and admired as skilled craftsmen. For two and half thousand years the Celts have continued to fascinate all who have come into contact with them. THE ANCIENT CELTS presents an absorbing account of the tribes whose origins and identity still provoke heated debate. Exploring the archaeological reality of the Iron Age inhabitants of barbarian Europe, Professor Cunliffe traces the emergence of chiefdoms, patterns of expansion and migration, and the development of Celtic ethnicity and identity.
Out September 1999
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
The writing is academic and centers on archeology since the author is an archeologist. The best feature is the illustrations, photos and plates and the blurbs explaining the contents of same. Very informative book focusing on many things including religion, artefacts and other opinions from outer sources where applicable.
If you’re looking for a thorough book on the Celts, then I would highly recommend this book. Things covered in this book include:
Visions of the Celts
Constructing the Historical Celts
In the Beginning–5500-1300 BC
The Atlantic System: 1300-200 BC
West Central Europe and the Mediterranean: 1300-450 BC
The Migrations: 450-50 BC
The Communities of the Atlantic Facade
Celts and Others on the Eastern Fringes
Warfare and Society
The Arts of the Migration Period
The Developed Celtic World
The Celts in Retreat
Also included in A Guide To Further Reading, Chronological Tables, Map Section, Illustration Sources and of course, an Index.
An excellent book for research use.
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