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Technologies of Enchantment? : Exploring Celtic Art: 400 BC to AD 100 - Duncan Garrow

Technologies of Enchantment?

Exploring Celtic Art: 400 BC to AD 100

Hardcover Published: 2nd August 2012
ISBN: 9780199548064
Number Of Pages: 408

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While Celtic art includes some of the most famous archaeological artefacts in the British Isles, such as the Battersea shield or the gold torcs from Snettisham, it has often been considered from an art historical point of view. Technologies of Enchantment? Exploring Celtic Art attempts to connect Celtic art to its archaeological context, looking at how it was made, used, and deposited. Based on the first comprehensive database of Celtic art, it brings together current theories concerning the links between people and artefacts found in many areas of the social sciences. The authors argue that Celtic art was deliberately complex and ambiguous so that it could be used to negotiate social position and relations in an inherently unstable Iron Age world, especially in developing new forms of identity with the coming of the Romans.

Placing the decorated metalwork of the later Iron Age in a long-term perspective of metal objects from the Bronze Age onwards, the volume pays special attention to the nature of deposition and focuses on settlements, hoards, and burials -- including Celtic art objects' links with other artefact classes, such as iron objects and coins. A unique feature of the book is that it pursues trends beyond the Roman invasion, highlighting stylistic continuities and differences in the nature and use of fine metalwork.

Industry Reviews

This welcome volume sheds light on the spectacular body of Celtic art from Britain ... this volume offers a useful summation of approaches to Celtic art in Britain. * Andrew Meirion Jones, Antiquity *
offers a fundamental reassessment of the richly decorated metalwork of the British Iron Age * Greg Woolf, Times Literary Supplement *

List of Figures List of Tables List of Appendices Acknowledgements 1.       : People and Materials in the Iron Age and early Roman period 2.       : But is it art? Past and Present Approaches to Celtic Art 3.       : The Database and Our Methodology 4.       : Making Materials 5.       : Artefactual Times: Swords, Torcs and Coins 6.       : Hoards 7.       : Burials 8.       : Settlements 9.       : The Art of Community Appendix 1. Artefacts illustrated in some of the main works on Celtic art Appendix 2. List of objects used in motif analysis Appendix 3. Hoards containing Celtic art Appendix 4. Burials containing Celtic art Bibliography

ISBN: 9780199548064
ISBN-10: 0199548064
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 2nd August 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 14.9  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.69

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