The An­cient Celts

Timeless Travels Magazine - - GERMANY -

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.

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