The Celts: Second Edition by Nora Chadwick, Barry Cunliffe

By Nora Chadwick, Barry Cunliffe

A heritage of Celtic tradition in Britain from its origins to its transformation lower than the Romans and Saxons. The ebook describes the increase and unfold of the Celts and their arrival within the British Isles round the eighth century BC. Chapters are dedicated to literature and paintings, associations and faith, and punctuate the ancient narrative, offering insights into the Celtic lifestyle.

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Photograph: The Green Studio, Dublin) 8B. Skellig Michael, Co. Kerry (Photograph: The Green Studio, Dublin) Preface THE Celts may be taken as a starting-point for a study of the long series of peoples whose arrival and settlement in Britain have contributed to its history. They provide a link between the prehistoric period – at the end of which they had emerged as the product of much cultural evolution – and the early historic period. The Celts in the prehistoric period had no writing, and so were unable to leave written records of themselves.

No horses were buried, but the paired team was represented by its bronze harness gear. For feasting in the afterlife the dead man was provided with part of a boar, a knife for carving and a jug once containing an alcoholic drink. The inhumation rite, the wooden chamber built for the burial and the barrow constructed over it are all new innovations, but the idea of burying the cart or horse and its horse gear with the dead person is a tradition which we have already encountered in the cremation at Hart-an-der-Alz five centuries earlier.

North of the Alps they are found scattered in rich graves from Burgundy to Bohemia, with a very considerable concentration in the mid Rhine valley. The pattern of finds leaves little doubt that some kind of special relationship must have developed between Etruria and the community of the Rhine–Moselle zone. Its nature can only be guessed at, but it may be that the Etruscan entrepreneurs had established a treaty relationship with the polities of the area in the early fifth century in an attempt to circumvent the Greek-dominated trade route to the west.

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