Rethinking Celtic Art

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Duncan Garrow
Oxbow Books, Oct 1, 2008 - Art - 224 pages
Early Celtic art' - typified by the iconic shields, swords, torcs and chariot gear we can see in places such as the British Museum - has been studied in isolation from the rest of the evidence from the Iron Age. This book reintegrates the art with the archaeology, placing the finds in the context of our latest ideas about Iron Age and Romano-British society. The contributions move beyond the traditional concerns with artistic styles and continental links, to consider the material nature of objects, their social effects and their role in practices such as exchange and burial. The aesthetic impact of decorated metalwork, metal composition and manufacturing, dating and regional differences within Britain all receive coverage. The book gives us a new understanding of some of the most ornate and complex objects ever found in Britain, artefacts that condense and embody many histories.
 

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Contents

Introduction reintegrating Celtic art
1
The space and time of Celtic Art interrogating the Technologies of Enchantment database
15
A Celtic mystery some thoughts on the genesis of insular Celtic art
40
Seeing red the aesthetics of martial objects in the British and Irish Iron Age
59
Reflections on Celtic Art a reexamination of mirror decoration
78
What can be inferred from the regional stylistic diversity of Iron Age coinage?
100
Technologies of the body Iron Age and Roman grooming and display
113
Celtic artin Roman Britain
129
Material style and identity in first century AD metalwork with particular reference to the Seven Sisters Hoard
146
On the Aesthetics of the Ancient Britons
185
Comment I Contextualising Iron Age art
203
Comment II The unmaking of Iron Age identities art after the Roman conquest
214
Colour Plates
219
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Duncan Garrow is a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Reading. He specialises in European prehistory (with a particular focus on Britain) and archaeological theory.

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