The Atlantic Iron Age: Settlement and Identity in the First Milennium BC

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Taylor & Francis, Dec 1, 2007 - Social Science - 369 pages
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It may be surprising to learn that this book is the first ever survey of the Atlantic Iron Age. With this book, Jon C Henderson provides an important and much-needed exploration of Iron Age Britain, Ireland, France and Spain to create a definition of the archaeological Atlantic identity. Jon C Henderson examines evidence for settlement and maritime trade, as well as the material culture of each area, and identifies distinct Atlantic social identities through time. He also pinpoints zones of similarity: the possibility of cultural 'cross-pollination' caused by maritime links and to what extent these contacts influenced and altered the distinctive character of local communities. A second theme is the nature of the Atlantic seaboard itself and what impact was of this unique environment. As a history of these communities unfolds, the archaeological Atlantic identity breaks down into a range of regional identities which compare interestingly with traditional models of Celtic identity.

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