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

Hardcover | September 2, 2012

byDuncan Garrow, Chris Gosden

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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 toconnect 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 authorsargue 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 artefactclasses, 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.

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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 toconnect Celtic art to its archaeological context...

Duncan Garrow is currently a Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Liverpool. He works primarily on the prehistory of north-western Europe and his broader research interests include long-term histories of deposition, the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition, Neolithic settlement, archaeological theory, the integration of developer-f...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:408 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:September 2, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of FiguresList of TablesList of AppendicesAcknowledgements1 . People and Materials in the Iron Age and early Roman period2 . But is it art? Past and Present Approaches to Celtic Art3 . The Database and Our Methodology4 . Making Materials5 . Artefactual Times: Swords, Torcs and Coins6 . Hoards7 . Burials8 . Settlements9 . The Art of CommunityAppendix 1. Artefacts illustrated in some of the main works on Celtic artAppendix 2. List of objects used in motif analysisAppendix 3. Hoards containing Celtic artAppendix 4. Burials containing Celtic artBibliography