Identity and Power. The Transformation of Iron Age Societies in Northeast Gaul

Fernandez-Götz, M.

Hardcover. 290 pp. Illustrated. Amsterdam Archaeological Studies 21. Amsterdam University Press 2014.

This remarkable volume explores the transformation of Iron Age communities in northeast Gaul, giving special consideration to questions of social identity. It surveys the multi-dimensional levels of socio-political organisation, the cycles of centralisation and decentralisation, the origins of the La Tène culture, the emergence of the oppida, and the role of sanctuaries in the construction of collective identities. By combining an up-to-date summary of the different types of social identity with a considerable body of archaeological data, historical references andanthropological insights, this work represents a valuable contribution to our knowledge of Iron Age societies, at a more general level for all those interested in the study of past identities.
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