In A Pocket Guide: Celtic Wales, Miranda Green and Ray Howell provide a wide-ranging and accessible introduction to a rich and complex phase of Wales’s past as they examine the archaeological and historical evidence for settlement in Wales from about 700 B.C. to AD 1000, a period which has long been labeled as “Celtic.” This well-illustrated book puts Celtic Wales in its European context and contributes to current debates on Celticity and ethnic identity. It also examines the unity and diversity of Celtic Wales from Iron Age settlement and Roman occupation through the early Christian and medieval periods, exploring topics such as tribal identity, economy and trade, art and religion, the interaction between Celtic and Roman Wales, and early medieval myths.
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Miranda Aldhouse-Green is Professor of Archaeology and Head of the SCARAB Research Centre at University of Wales College, Newport. Ray Howell is Senior Lecturer in History and Medieval Archaeology at University of Wales College, Newport.Review:
“. . . Miranda Green and Ray Howell have produced one of the best short introductions to the subject in their pocket guide, Celtic Wales.” –Western Mail
“ . . . very well-informed and authoritative book.” –Archaeology in Wales
(Archaeology in Wales)
“ . . . this is a very good book indeed . . . The authors are leading academics in Welsh history and archaeology and their book covers, in small compass, a wide range of fact and explanation from the rich and complex history of Wales. The book is thoroughly indexed, has a comprehensive bibliography and a glossary; and is relevantly and attractively illustrated in a very well designed and produced paperback. It really is an excellent and fascinating little guidebook which packs a remarkable amount of scholarly valid information into an attractive small paperback volume. It makes an excellent addition to a very good series which is an outstanding advertisement for the country . . .” –Reference Reviews
“There is certainly a need for a general introduction of this kind which will appeal to visitors to Wales as well as to those who live here and wish to know something of our Celtic past. The book fulfils this function well and the Roman sections provide the first general up-to-date account of the Roman impact on Wales for many years.” –Welsh History Review
(Welsh History Review)
“Celtic Wales is a valuable guide to many specific sites while at the same time summarizing the latest findings and opinions of experts in the field of Celtic studies. No pocket-sized book could do more.” --www.gwales.com
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