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Egalitarianism in the southern British Iron Age : an 'archaeology of knowledge'.

Hingley, Richard (2019) 'Egalitarianism in the southern British Iron Age : an 'archaeology of knowledge'.', in Alternative iron ages: social theory from archaeological analysis. . Routledge studies in archaeology.


This paper addresses the Iron Age roundhouses that have been (re)constructed throughout the UK since 1970 and some of the intangible associations that are linked to these structures. How concepts of science and experimentation have been used in constructing the material characteristics of these roundhouses will be explored and it will be shown how alternative practices have drawn more creatively on the idea of the ‘symbolic aura’ of the past. The popular appeal of Iron Age living and the physicality of the roundhouse has become emblematic of a range of partly contradictory ideals, including those of an egalitarian, sustainable, peaceful and potentially spiritual Iron Age, or ‘Celtic’, past. This paper addresses how such practices and ideas have developed and also the role of archaeological research in informing and contradicting concepts about the past.

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Date deposited:10 December 2019
Date of first online publication:09 September 2019
Date first made open access:09 March 2021

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