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Searching for the Silures: The Iron Age in South-East Wales (Haunted Britain S.) Paperback – 18 Sep 2009

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  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (18 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752440144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752440149
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ray Howell is a University of Wales Reader and Director of the newly established South Wales Centre for Historical and Interdisciplinary Research in Newport. He is actively involved in investigation of the historical and archaeological development of south-east Wales, where he has directed excavations on a number of sites. He is President of the South Wales Record Society and Chairman of the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust.


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This is a fascinating book because it actually admits to, and uses albeit in a limited way, the existence and pedigree of ancient Welsh manuscripts that are largely ignored, derided or glossed over by too many academics in Britain.

The book is very well-written, well-presented and gives fascinating detail about the development of the more advanced Iron Age society we know from the Welsh records existed after 500BC and the arrival of a large number of incomers from mainland Europe. Of course it's a shame that we're still hearing about supposed Celts in Britain after Collis, Simon James et al but Ray Howell's book appears to be moving in the direction of admitting that:

1 - The Silures were an independent and relatively advanced grouping within the brotherhood of Cymric/Kymric kingdoms
2 - The Romans had to come to terms with them after prolonged resistance
3 - That the Silures (remember it's a Roman designation) engaged with Rome in terms of trade and technology
4 - That an "early form" of what Howell calls "Romano-Celtic" Christianity flourished upon a time making for new cultural associations
5 - Further archaeological work still needs to be done, thereby admitting that academic's conclusions have, in the past, overly concentrated on Roman prejudiced and propangadized sources instead of the much better and more detailed ancient Welsh MSS.

Archaeology, such as it is, does indicate the use of coins by the Silures and to develop trade links within Britain and beyond. Howell points to some fascinating finds and describes these very well.
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Having only recently taken up a keen interest in the British Iron Age, specifically regarding my home region of South East Wales, this book provides a great introduction to the Silures and Iron Age South East Wales. If you have the opportunity to back up the content of this book with museum and site visits (such as Caerwent and Llanmelin), it really does bring the subject to life. The fact that there is still so much mystery surrounding the history of the Silures adds to the fascination and thirst for a better understanding. A great book on a very intriguing subject.
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THANK YOUAS I LOVE READING ABOUT MY HOME LAND
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A very well written and interesting account.
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