National Geographic Investigates: Ancient Celts

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The distinctive languages, art, and mythologies of the ancient Celts give archaeologists with an enduring quest in Northern Europe. The Celts rarely used their written language, passing along beliefs, knowledge, and wisdom through oral traditions. Artifact-rich burial grounds, like the megalithic tombs at Newgrange, Ireland, inscribed stones, and stone circles like Stonehenge, all yield clues to their mysterious ways.

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Overview

The distinctive languages, art, and mythologies of the ancient Celts give archaeologists with an enduring quest in Northern Europe. The Celts rarely used their written language, passing along beliefs, knowledge, and wisdom through oral traditions. Artifact-rich burial grounds, like the megalithic tombs at Newgrange, Ireland, inscribed stones, and stone circles like Stonehenge, all yield clues to their mysterious ways.

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Gr 3-7

With excellent-quality photographs and a well-written text, this is a thorough presentation of the most up-to-date knowledge about this ancient European culture, from its origins in 800 B.C. through A.D. 500, and cites the echoes of Celtic traditions that live on today. Aerial photos, time lines, informative sidebars, and National Geographic's famous maps augment text that asks and answers interesting questions ("Why did the Celts make human sacrifices?" "What happened when the Romans came?"). Rigorous in its distinction between theory, supposition, and proven fact, the book has photos of artifacts, sites, and physical remains-including close-ups of Celtic "bog people" showing details such as manicured fingernails and hairdos. Scale is scrupulously noted for all objects and structures in both English and metric units. Numerous explanations of techniques and processes-both of the Celts and those employed by archaeologists to study them-inject an element of how-to, a canny addition that will hook readers fascinated by how things work and how we figure things out. Previous books on the subject for this age group have concentrated on the British Isles, or have focused on Celtic myths or daily life. Ancient Celts is a balanced, scientific account that doesn't stint on the mummified remains. Sure to appeal to a broad range of learners.-Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426302268
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 2/12/2008
  • Series: National Geographic Investigates Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Map of Celtic Peoples     8
Message From the Consultant     9
Three Major Periods of Celtic Europe     10
Timeline of Celtic Europe     10
Yesterday Comes Alive     12
Trick or treat!
Tradition or trash?
Identity crisis
Celtic? Says who?
What's in a name?
Written records
Celtic calendar
Ancient origins
Part of the story
Keeping clean for the gods
The bones of Maiden Castle
Holes in the record
The Bodies in the Bog     22
Examining the bog bodies
Ancient murder mystery
Surprises from the peat
The long and the short
Beauty secrets
Bodies and boundaries
Warring peoples
Widespread Way of Life     28
Meet the Smiths
Tracing a route
Pollen analysis
The Celts spread
Celtic homes
Storage specialists
Back to the Iron Age
You're such a boar!
Iron, Trade, and Water     36
A chieftain's burial
Wealth from salt
A Celtic cemetery
An archaeological pioneer
Iron arrives
Let's experiment
Celts in canoes
The vessel from Vix
A coastal port
A sacred element
The Roman Conquest     44
Holding out against Rome
Partners and enemies
Resistance in Britain
Conflicting evidence
A continuing quest
Meet an archaeologist
A Living Legacy     52
Barbarians or heroes?
The Druids
New influences
Keeping Celtic
Legendary hero
Celtic revival
The Years Ahead     58
Glossary     59
Bibliography     60
Further Reading     60
On the Web     60
Index     61
About the Author and Consultant     63
Sources for Quotations     63
Credits     64
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