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3.0 out of 5 stars A passable account, but definitely not the best, 19 Nov. 2001
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This review is from: The Ancient Celts (Hardcover)
Cunliffe's 'The Ancient Celts' is better than many things that are written about the Celts, but then that's not very hard. This book is fine as an introduction for someone that's never read anything about the Celts before, but it should also not be the only thing that one reads about them.
For a much, much better overview try John Collis' 'The European Iron Age.' It's a far more informative account and it focuses on the archaeological evidence in a reasoned, scientific manner. It has fewer glossy pictures and is more technical, but it is also very rewarding.
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Initial post: 1 Jan 2013 21:29:01 GMT
rhscarlo says:
John Collis's book, despite dating from 2003 and costing £19.99, has the feeling of a book of much earlier vintage, in that there are no colour photos and what illustrations there are, maps apart, are quite often culled from publications as long ago as 1914 or 1863. I have no knowledge of what constraints the book was written under but I feel short-changed at these defects, which will inevitably colour my view of the stance his book take. These are not piddling, small-minded comments: of late we have grown accustomed
to take illustrations into account.

I have a feeling that John Collis's arguments will fall on stony ground....

Posted on 21 Feb 2013 22:03:36 GMT
A. Cook says:
Collis's book was published in 1984. It may be excellent but is hardly an up-to-date study. Occasionally scholarship moves on.
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