Warfare in Northern Europe Before the Romans: Evidence from Archaeology

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Pen and Sword, Mar 31, 2014 - History - 190 pages
This book traces the developments in the defences, weaponry and armour of the northern 'barbarians' from the earliest traces of stone age aggression to the sophisticated warfare of the tribes who met the Romans in battle. It uses evidence from monuments such as the great hillforts of the Bronze and Iron Ages, including Maiden Castle in Dorset and Alesia in France, as well as the amazing archaeological finds seen in museums and collections across northern Europe. Period by period, the ways in which the peoples of Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Scandinavia developed defensive and offensive strategies are brought together for those interested in both military history and in the development of our societies and countryside. Evidence from many countries is used to shed light on the centuries before written records _ and to redress the balance of our understanding which has often been too heavily influenced by Roman propaganda!??As featured in Essence Magazine.
 

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Contents

Northern Europe before the Romans
1
Evidence for War
27
Early Warfare
50
The Coming of Metal
74
The Rise of War
97
Warfare in Iron Age Northern Europe
120
The Roman Perspective
144
Conclusions The End of Prehistory
167
Further Reading
187
Index
188
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Julie has a published PhD on the subject of the identification of warfare in prehistoric (pre-Roman) societies from archaeological evidence gained from both excavation and landscape survey. Julie has studies archaeology at both UCL and the University of Winchester as well as teaching archaeology at the University of Winchester, the University of Surrey, WEA and local groups giving talks and lectures. Julie is the Finds Officer at a medieval leper hospital, which is also the major training excavation for the University of Winchester

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