• Sign In
  • Help
  • My Basket0
Celtic from the West: Alternative Perspectives from Archaeology, Genetics, Language and Literature - Celtic Studies Publications 15 (Paperback)
  • Celtic from the West: Alternative Perspectives from Archaeology, Genetics, Language and Literature - Celtic Studies Publications 15 (Paperback)
zoom

Celtic from the West: Alternative Perspectives from Archaeology, Genetics, Language and Literature - Celtic Studies Publications 15 (Paperback)

(editor), (editor)
£36.00
Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 31/01/2012
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 2 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Check availability At your local shop

Check Marketplace availability

This book is an exploration of the new idea that the Celtic languages originated in the Atlantic Zone during the Bronze Age, approached from various perspectives pro and con, archaeology, genetics, and philology. This Celtic Atlantic Bronze Age theory represents a major departure from the long-established, but increasingly problematical scenario in which the story of the Ancient Celtic languages and that of peoples called Keltoi Celts are closely bound up with the archaeology of the Hallstatt and La Tene cultures of Iron Age west-central Europe. The Celtic from the West proposal was first presented in Barry Cunliffe's Facing the Ocean (2001) and has subsequently found resonance amongst geneticists. It provoked controversy on the part of some linguists, though is significantly in accord with John Koch's findings in Tartessian (2009). The present collection is intended to pursue the question further in order to determine whether this earlier and more westerly starting point might now be developed as a more robust foundation for Celtic studies. As well as having this specific aim, a more general purpose of Celtic from the West is to bring to an English-language readership some of the rapidly unfolding and too often neglected evidence of the pre-Roman peoples and languages of the western Iberian Peninsula. Celtic from the West is an outgrowth of a multidisciplinary conference held at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth in December 2008. As well as the 11 chapters, the book includes 45 distribution maps and a further 80 illustrations. The conference and collaborative volume mark the launch of a multi-year research initiative undertaken by the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies [CAWCS]: Ancient Britain and the Atlantic Zone [ABrAZo]. Contributors: (Archaeology) Barry Cunliffe; Raimund Karl; Amilcar Guerra; (Genetics) Brian McEvoy & Daniel Bradley; Stephen Oppenheimer; Ellen Rrvik; (Language & Literature) Graham Isaac; David Parsons; John T. Koch; Philip Freeman; Dagmar S. Wodtko.

Publisher: Oxbow Books
ISBN: 9781842174753
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 1202 g
Dimensions: 244 x 188 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Its fair to say that this book succeeds in re-thinking preceding ideas about Celts in a very approachable (and visually satisfying) way. In the introduction the authors set themselves the challenge of 'stimulating a breadth of original thinking, rather than launching an Atlantic Celtic thesis as a manifesto. The breadth of scholarly writing here ensures the volume achieves that aim with considerable gusto. -- Current World Archaeology * Current World Archaeology *
Its great strength is that it is multidisciplinary, consisting of chapters by archaeologists, geneticists and philologists... Overall, whatever you may think about the 'Celtic debate', this is an important book that provides easy access to multiple strands of evidence.' -- British Archaeology * British Archaeology *

You may also be interested in...

When You Are Engulfed In Flames
Added to basket
Roman Camps in Scotland
Added to basket
Lost City of the Incas
Added to basket
Lighthouses
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Secret Underground London
Added to basket
The Horse, the Wheel, and Language
Added to basket
The Sign And The Seal
Added to basket
The Staffordshire Hoard
Added to basket
The Complete Pompeii
Added to basket
Britain Begins
Added to basket
A Short History of New Kingdom Egypt
Added to basket
Stonehenge
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Britain in the Middle Ages
Added to basket
Pagan Britain
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Masterpieces of the British Museum
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.