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An Atlas for Celtic Studies: Archaeology and Names in Ancient Europe and Early Medieval Ireland, Britain and Brittany (Celtic Studies Publications) [Hardcover]

John T. Koch
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oxbow Books (21 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184217309X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842173091
  • Product Dimensions: 34.5 x 24 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,719,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An Atlas for Celtic Studies" is a unique and comprehensive reference book that presents a huge amount of information on what is known about the Celts in Europe in the form of detailed maps. It combines thousands of Celtic place- and group names, as well as Celtic inscriptions and other mappable linguistic evidence. Moving away from a narrative 'story of the Celts', the aim of this ground-breaking publication is to empower the reader with a wide range of evidence, lucidly presented, to show the geographic relationship of Celtic-language and non-linguistic cultural evidence, allowing individual interpretation. The Atlas has 64 large format pages of colour maps alongside pages of explanatory text, theoretical discussion, map details, bibliography, and index. This will be an essential work for anyone studying the Celts.

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The Atlas for Celtic Studies is one of several publications resulting from the Celticity Project funded by the Arts and Humanities Council in 2002-2004 at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies. Professor John Koch is a Senior Research Fellow and leads this interdisciplinary project. His rationale for the Atlas was an urgent need, in the face of growing Celtoscepticism, to provide evidence in the form of detailed maps that would reveal to what extent users of La Tène material, speakers of early Celtic languages and people called Keltoi were, or were not, the same peoples, or might be found coinciding in time and space. A 'bottom up' approach to the assessment of interactions of these three fundamental strands of Celticity would be facilitated, in contradistinction to the 'top down' a priori assumptions hitherto much in evidence. The Atlas seeks to provide archaelogical and linguistic evidence for early Celtic-speaking peoples and most importantly, avoids the framework of narrative history. The linguistic evidence in the maps is based on the definition of Celtic as a language belonging to the sub-family of Indo-European languages that is represented by the four continuously-surviving languages - Breton, Irish, Scottish Gaelic, and Welsh. It is on this linguistic foundation that Koch defines his ancient Celtic world. The geographical range of the maps is from Iberia in the west to the Black Sea littoral in the East and from Rome and Delphi in the south to Shetland in the north. The date range covered is from the Late Bronze Age to the Central Middle Ages, c. 1200 BC - c.AD 1200, divided into only two chronological horizons, the Ancient Celtic and the Neo-Celtic. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Celts Did Exist 4 Aug 2011
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Perhaps as a reaction to the preponderance of Neo-Celtic, nationalistic nonsense finding its way into print these days,some scholars have all but dismissed the very idea of an identifiable Iron Age culture in Central Europe. But don't throw your torcs away yet! This erudite, very up-to-date atlas not only establishes the existence of the Celts, but pushes the cultural horizon back a couple of millenia. Atlases are the perfect medium for studies of this type; this is one of the best ever!
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