The Iron Age Round-House: Later Prehistoric Building in Britain and Ireland

Hardcover | December 30, 2009

byD. W. Harding

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In contrast to Continental Europe, where the Iron Age is abundantly represented by funerary remains as well as by hill-forts and major centres, the British Iron Age is mainly represented by its settlement sites, and especially by houses of circular ground-plan, apparently in marked contrast tothe Central and Northern European tradition of rectangular houses. In lowland Britain the evidence for timber round-houses comprises the footprint of post-holes or foundation trenches; in the Atlantic north and west, the remains of monumental stone-built houses survive as upstanding ruins,testimony to the building skills of Iron Age engineers and masons. D. W. Harding's fully illustrated study explores not just the architectural aspects of round-houses, but more importantly their role in the social, economic and ritual structure of their communities, and their significance assymbols of Iron Age society in the face of Romanization.

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In contrast to Continental Europe, where the Iron Age is abundantly represented by funerary remains as well as by hill-forts and major centres, the British Iron Age is mainly represented by its settlement sites, and especially by houses of circular ground-plan, apparently in marked contrast tothe Central and Northern European tradition...

D. W. Harding is Abercromby Professor Emeritus in the University of Edinburgh.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:350 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:December 30, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199558574

ISBN - 13:9780199558575

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1. Iron Age Britain in its European Context2. Identifying Houses: Principles and Problems3. Post-Hole and Pit: Interpreting Timber Structures4. Galleries, Cells and Corbelling: Interpreting Stone Structures5. Origins and Antecedents6. Round and Rectangular in the Romano-British Iron Age7. Later Iron Age Buildings in the Atlantic North and West8. Experimental Reconstruction: A Case Study of Wessex Round-Houses9. Houses Fit for Gods and Heroes10. Houses, Homesteads, Villages, Towns11. Round-Houses, Settlement and Society