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Enclosing Space, Opening New Ground: Iron Age studies from Scotland to Mainland Europe

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxbow Books
Number of pages210
ISBN (Electronic)9781789252026
ISBN (Print)9781789252019
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2019

Abstract

Enclosures are among the most widely distributed features of the European Iron Age. From fortifications to field systems, they demarcate territories and settlements, sanctuaries and central places, burials and ancestral grounds. This dividing of the physical and the mental landscape between an ‘inside’ and an‘outside’ is investigated anew in a series of essays by some of the leading scholars on the topic. The contributions cover new ground, from Scotland to Spain, between France and the Eurasian steppe, on how concepts and communities were created as well as exploring specific aspects and broader notions of how humans marked, bounded and guarded landscapes in order to connect across space and time.A recurring theme considers how Iron Age enclosures created, curated, formed or deconstructed memory and identity, and how by enclosing space, these communities opened links to an earlier past in order to understand or express their Iron Age presence. In this way, the contributions examine perspectives that are of wider relevance for related themes in different periods.This book is presented as a Festschrift to Ian Ralston, Abercromby Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, in celebration of his work. Its scope reflects the geographical and chronological range of Ian Ralston’s research and wider personal and professional networks. The contributions in this volume – offered by some of his many friends, colleagues and former students and in many cases developed from collaborative work with him – introduce new ideas and discoveries that open new ground for future studies on Europe’s age of enclosure.

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