The Ancient Celts
Barry Cunliffe OUP Published: April 2018 Price: £20 (Hardback)
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. They were the archetypal barbarians from the north and were feared by both the Greeks and Romans. Their origins have remained a mystery and even today are the subject of heated debate among historians and archaeologists.
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. Tracing the emergence of chiefdoms and the 5th- to 3rd-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.