Early Celtic Art in Britain and Ireland

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Osprey Publishing, 2005 - Social Science - 80 pages
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This widely praised introduction, now extensively revised and enlarged, examines the predominantly warrior and aristocratic art of the Iron Age inhabitants of Britain and Ireland from the fourth century BC until the Roman conquest. Since these communities, conventionally referred to as Celts, were peoples with an oral tradition, medieval Irish and Welsh texts embodying these traditions are a very uncertain guide to the life and culture of peoples of upwards of a millennium earlier. Celtic art is thus one of the rare, if obscured, windows into the minds and souls of the early Celts. This book looks at Celtic art made by communities who lived in Britain and Ireland a thousand years and more before the creation of the Book of Kells or the Ardagh Chalice, the art which is more popularly known as 'Celtic'. ABOUT THE AUTHORS The Megaws are internationally acknowledged as experts in the study of the art of the European Iron Age.
  

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Megaw is a Visiting Scholar at Flinders University.

Megaw is currently Professor of Visual Arts and Archaeology, Flinders University, Adelaide, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Archaeology, University of Edinburgh. He is also Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology, University of Glasgow.

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