Enclosing Space, Opening New Ground: Iron Age Studies from Scotland to Mainland Europe [Hardback]

Tanja Romankiewicz (Editor); Manuel Fernández-Götz (Editor); Gary Lock (Editor); Olivier Büchsenschütz (Editor)

ISBN: 9781789252019 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English 208p, H280 x W220 (mm) b/w

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Enclosing Space, Opening New Ground


Enclosures are among the most widely distributed features of the European Iron Age. From fortifications to field systems, they demarcate territories and settlements, sanctuaries and central places, burials and ancestral grounds. This dividing of the physical and the mental landscape between an ‘inside’ and an ‘outside’ is investigated anew in a series of essays by some of the leading scholars on the topic.

The contributions cover new ground, from Scotland to Spain, between France and the Eurasian steppe, on how concepts and communities were created as well as exploring specific aspects and broader notions of how humans marked, bounded and guarded landscapes in order to connect across space and time. A recurring theme considers how Iron Age enclosures created, curated, formed or deconstructed memory and identity, and how by enclosing space, these communities opened links to an earlier past in order to understand or express their Iron Age presence. In this way, the contributions examine perspectives that are of wider relevance for related themes in different periods.

Table of Contents

Bibliography of Professor Ian B. M. Ralston
Tanja Romankiewicz, Manuel Fernández-Götz, Gary Lock & Olivier Büchsenschütz
Enclosing space and opening new ground in Iron Age studies: An introduction
Tanja Romankiewicz, Manuel Fernández-Götz, Gary Lock & Olivier Büchsenschütz
1. Does fortified always equate to defensive? Some thoughts on the fortification systems of the Glauberg hillfort
Axel G. Posluschny
2. De Architectura Celtica: déclinaisons insolites de Murus Gallicus
Philippe Barral & Stephan Fichtl, avec Vincent Guichard, Jean-Paul Guillaumet, Martine Joly, Pierre Nouvel & Matthieu Thivet
3. Julius Caesar’s assault ramp at the Oppidum of Avaricum in 52 BC
Sophie Krausz
4. How many hillforts are there in Scotland? Revisited
Stratford Halliday
5. The hillfort on Mount Ipf: A centre of power during the Bronze and Iron Ages in southern Germany
Rüdiger Krause
6. Oram’s Arbour, Winchester: A new interpretation
John Collis
7. A new look at the Late Prehistoric settlement patterns of the Forth Valley
Murray Cook, Therese McCormick, Jennifer McAlpine, Ross Greenshields, Gordon Cook & Andrew McLean
8. Enclosure, autonomy and anarchy in Iron Age Scotland
Ian Armit
9. Exploring settlement dynamics through radiocarbon dating
W. Derek Hamilton & Colin Haselgrove
10. Oppida in Britain in the face of the Roman conquest
David J. Breeze
11. Atlantic-zone hillforts with up-right stone rows and their relationship with coastal routes
Luis Berrocal-Rangel, Pablo Paniego & Lucía Ruano
12. Making mounds: monuments in Eurasian prehistory
Chris Gosden, Peter Hommel & Courtney Nimura
13. Urbanism and identity in Celtic Iberia. What did it mean to be a Vetton, Vaccaean or Carpetanian in Late Iron Age oppida?
Jesús R. Álvarez-Sanchís & Gonzalo Ruiz Zapatero
14. L’enclos comme expression du pouvoir des aristocrates sur la campagne 169
Olivier Büchsenschütz
15. Memoryscapes in Late Iron Age Northern Gaul: Warfare and sacrifice from Ribemont to Titelberg 175
David Rose & Manuel Fernández-Götz

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