Instructor: Professor Bettina Arnold
Office Hours: Sabin 229, M 2:00-4:00 or by appointment; x4583 or x4175
Class Reflector: firstname.lastname@example.org
TA: Lara Ghisleni Office: Sabin G71
READINGS: There are TWO textbooks for this course:
James, Simon 1993 (2005 ed.) The World of the Celts. London: Thames and Hudson, Pb $24.95.
McCaffrey, Carmel and Leo Eaton 2003 In Search of Ancient Ireland: From Neolithic Times to the Coming of the English. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, Pb $11.30.
COURSE READER (Golda Meier Library Electronic Reserve) Access: See http://www4.uwm.edu.ezproxy.lib.uwm.edu/libraries/ereserve/arnold/ANTHRO305.html
Collis, John 2003 The Celts: Origins, Myths, Inventions. Stroud: Tempus.
Cunliffe, Barry 1997 The Ancient Celts. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Darvill, Timothy 1996 Prehistoric Britain. London: Routledge.
Davies, John 1994 (2007 ed.) A History of Wales. London: Penguin.
Green, Miranda (ed.) 1995 The Celtic World. London: Routledge.
James, Simon 1999 The Atlantic Celts: Ancient People or Modern Invention. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.
King, John 2000 Kingdoms of the Celts. London: Blandford.
Moscati, Sabatino (ed.) 1991 The Celts. Venice: Bompiani.
Pennick, Nigel 1996 Celtic Sacred Landscapes. London: Thames and Hudson.
Raftery, Barry 1994 Pagan Celtic Ireland. London: Thames and Hudson.
Rees, Alwyn and Brinley Rees 1989 Celtic Heritage. London: Thames and Hudson.
Tanner, Marcus 2004 The Last of the Celts. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Wells, Peter S. 1981 The Emergence of an Iron Age Economy: The Mecklenburg Grave Groups from Hallstatt and Stična. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Make use of these citations when referring to these readings in your written work!
European Archaeology web sitesArchaeological Resource Guide for Europe
BUBL Link: British archaeology - general
The Anthropological Index of the Royal Anthropoloical Institute
Course Description: |
The Celtic-speaking peoples of continental Europe and the British Isles have left us a rich archaeological, historical and mythological record. During the pre-Roman Iron Age the remains of their settlements and burial grounds can be found from Spain to the Black Sea, one of the reasons that they have recently become a focus of research funded by the European Community. This course will trace the archaeological beginnings of the Celtic tradition from its late Neolithic/early Bronze Age roots to the western-most outposts of the Celtic world in the British Isles. From fabulous gold jewelry to mysterious bog bodies, the archaeology of the ancient Celts has it all! We will explore this legacy through the archaeological, historical and literary records, with reference to sites, monuments and written texts from the Mediterranean world and the British Isles. The course will also explore the historical and political construction of the concept of “the Celts”, which has become the metaphor for the emerging, and contested, European community. How is ethnicity defined, appropriated, debated? Various nationalist movements, including those in Wales and Ireland, make use of the Celts as a vehicle for their contemporary concerns. The course will consider the notion of “Celticity” in the post-industrial era as well as its prehistoric roots.
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