The Iron Age Round-House: Later Prehistoric Building in Britain and Beyond

The Iron Age Round-House: Later Prehistoric Building in Britain and Beyond

by D. W. Harding
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199558574

ISBN-13: 9780199558575

Pub. Date: 12/20/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In contrast to Continental Europe, where the Iron Age is abundantly represented by funerary remains as well as by hill-forts and major centers, the British Iron Age is mainly represented by its settlement sites, and especially by houses of circular ground-plan, in marked contrast to the Central and Northern European tradition of rectangular houses. In lowland

Overview

In contrast to Continental Europe, where the Iron Age is abundantly represented by funerary remains as well as by hill-forts and major centers, the British Iron Age is mainly represented by its settlement sites, and especially by houses of circular ground-plan, in marked contrast to the Central and Northern European tradition of rectangular houses. In lowland Britain the evidence for timber round-houses comprises the footprint of post-holes or foundation trenches; in the Atlantic north and west, the remains of monumental stone-built houses survive as upstanding ruins, testimony to the building skills of Iron Age engineers and masons.

D. W. Harding's fully illustrated study explores not just the architectural aspects of round-houses, but more importantly their role in the social, economic and ritual structure of their communities, and their significance as symbols of Iron Age society in the face of Romanization.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199558575
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/20/2009
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. Iron Age Britain in its European Context
2. Identifying Houses: Principles and Problems
3. Post-Hole and Pit: Interpreting Timber Structures
4. Galleries, Cells and Corbelling: Interpreting Stone Structures
5. Origins and Antecedents
6. Round and Rectangular in the Romano-British Iron Age
7. Later Iron Age Buildings in the Atlantic North and West
8. Experimental Reconstruction: A Case Study of Wessex Round-Houses
9. Houses Fit for Gods and Heroes
10. Houses, Homesteads, Villages, Towns
11. Round-Houses, Settlement and Society
1. Iron Age Britain in its European Context
2. Identifying Houses: Principles and Problems
3. Post-Hole and Pit: Interpreting Timber Structures
4. Galleries, Cells and Corbelling: Interpreting Stone Structures
5. Origins and Antecedents
6. Round and Rectangular in the Romano-British Iron Age
7. Later Iron Age Buildings in the Atlantic North and West
8. Experimental Reconstruction: A Case Study of Wessex Round-Houses
9. Houses Fit for Gods and Heroes
10. Houses, Homesteads, Villages, Towns
11. Round-Houses, Settlement and Society

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