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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Introduction reintegrating Celtic art
The space and time of Celtic Art interrogating the Technologies of Enchantment database
A Celtic mystery some thoughts on the genesis of insular Celtic art
Seeing red the aesthetics of martial objects in the British and Irish Iron Age
Reflections on Celtic Art a reexamination of mirror decoration
What can be inferred from the regional stylistic diversity of Iron Age coinage?
Technologies of the body Iron Age and Roman grooming and display
Celtic artin Roman Britain
Material style and identity in first century AD metalwork with particular reference to the Seven Sisters Hoard
On the Aesthetics of the Ancient Britons
Comment I Contextualising Iron Age art
Comment II The unmaking of Iron Age identities art after the Roman conquest
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Duncan Garrow teaches later European prehistory and archaeological theory at the University of Reading. His research interests include long-term histories of deposition, burial practices, island archaeologies and interdisciplinary approaches to material culture.

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