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Continental connections: exploring cross-Channel relationships from the Mesolithic to the Iron Age

Continental connections: exploring cross-Channel relationships from the Mesolithic to the Iron Age
Continental connections: exploring cross-Channel relationships from the Mesolithic to the Iron Age
The prehistories of Britain and Ireland are inescapably entwined with continental European narratives. The central aim here is to explore ‘cross-channel’ relationships throughout later prehistory, investigating the archaeological links (material, social, cultural) between the areas we now call Britain and Ireland, and continental Europe, from the Mesolithic through to the end of the Iron Age. Since the separation from the European mainland of Ireland (c. 16,000 BC) and Britain (c. 6000 BC), their island nature has been seen as central to many aspects of life within them, helping to define their senses of identity, and forming a crucial part of their neighbourly relationship with continental Europe and with each other. However, it is important to remember that the surrounding seaways have often served to connect as well as to separate these islands from the continent. In approaching the subject of ‘continental connections’ in the long-term, and by bringing a variety of different archaeological perspectives (associated with different periods) to bear on it, this volume provides a new a new synthesis of the ebbs and flows of the cross-channel relationship over the course of 15,000 years of later prehistory, enabling fresh understandings and new insights to emerge about the intimately linked trajectories of change in both regions
978-1-78297-809-1
Oxbow books
Anderson-Whymark, Hugo
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Garrow, Duncan
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Sturt, Fraser
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Anderson-Whymark, Hugo
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Anderson-Whymark, Hugo, Garrow, Duncan and Sturt, Fraser (eds.) (2015) Continental connections: exploring cross-Channel relationships from the Mesolithic to the Iron Age , Oxford, GB. Oxbow books, 172pp.

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The prehistories of Britain and Ireland are inescapably entwined with continental European narratives. The central aim here is to explore ‘cross-channel’ relationships throughout later prehistory, investigating the archaeological links (material, social, cultural) between the areas we now call Britain and Ireland, and continental Europe, from the Mesolithic through to the end of the Iron Age. Since the separation from the European mainland of Ireland (c. 16,000 BC) and Britain (c. 6000 BC), their island nature has been seen as central to many aspects of life within them, helping to define their senses of identity, and forming a crucial part of their neighbourly relationship with continental Europe and with each other. However, it is important to remember that the surrounding seaways have often served to connect as well as to separate these islands from the continent. In approaching the subject of ‘continental connections’ in the long-term, and by bringing a variety of different archaeological perspectives (associated with different periods) to bear on it, this volume provides a new a new synthesis of the ebbs and flows of the cross-channel relationship over the course of 15,000 years of later prehistory, enabling fresh understandings and new insights to emerge about the intimately linked trajectories of change in both regions

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Accepted/In Press date: 2015
Organisations: Archaeology

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Local EPrints ID: 375097
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/375097
ISBN: 978-1-78297-809-1
PURE UUID: 08b84e92-66a2-448e-a0f6-2311404bd655

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Date deposited: 12 Mar 2015 10:31
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 21:20

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Editor: Hugo Anderson-Whymark
Editor: Duncan Garrow
Editor: Fraser Sturt

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