Beyond Celts, Germans and Sycythians: Archaeology and Identity in Iron Age Europe (Duckworth Debates in Archaeology) Paperback – 1 Apr 2013
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About the Author
Peter S. Wells is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of several books, including Settlement, Economy, and Cultural Change at the End of the European Iron Age (1993) and The Barbarians Speak: How the Conquered Peoples Shaped Roman Europe (1999).
Top Customer Reviews
It's not so much what Wells says in the book, but what his selection of topics implies. When I finished the book I was left with the sense that there may have been no great Germanic horde in Northern Europe existing separately and distinctly from the 'Celts' and 'Scythians' at the time of Caesar. I was also left with the impression that 'we' really don't know who, what, where, or when the Germani were.
Within five Centuries of Caesar's crossing the Rhine, the Germanic People had gained control of almost all of Europe. Before reading Wells's book, I had simply accepted that the vast Germanic population was in gestation for the previous several centuries, and this population was 'native' to Germania. By reading Beyond Celts, Germans and Scythians, I had hoped to get a better idea of who the Germani were as they crossed the event horizon of history. Not only do I not have a better idea, I realize that my previous 'good' ideas are unfounded.Read more ›
Concerning word 'Scythians' in the title - I do not know why it is included there. There is not much material about them - You will find more in any decent book about prehistoric Europe, not to speak about books concentrating upon Steppe cultures. In the beginning of the index it is said that the word 'Scythian' was not indexed as it is too frequent. I looked it up and found less occurrences than that of name 'Caesar' that is indexed. If You are interested in Indo-European nomads look somewhere else !