The Celtic World by Professor Barry Cunliffe


The Celtic World is a book that I have been looking for for a while now, along with the book with the same name written by Miranda Green.  This book by professor Cunliffe was copyrighted around 1990.  So it is a bit old.  Professor Cunliffe, is a professor of European Archeology, and as such the book is written from the archeologist’s point of view.

The book is divided into roughly seven parts.  Each one talks about a phase in Celtic history.  The author begins with the Hallstatt and La Tene Cultures and goes all the way to modern Celts.  The book was written with beginners in mind.  It gives great information and the most amazing pictures of archaeological finds, like coins, swords, torcs, and parchments.  It offers a great starting point and helps to give the reader an idea if he/she is looking for a specific time period that he/she wants to research further.  It is like taking snapshots of the time period and being presented with its most important aspects.

This book is also a great resource for people who already studied Celtic history but wish to brush up on it.  A great reference book.  This is however, not as detailed as the Miranda Green book that carries the same name.

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