Since its first publication in 1971, Barry Cunliffe's monumental survey has established itself as a classic of British archaeology. This fully revised fourth edition maintains the qualities of the earlier editions, whilst taking into account the significant developments that have moulded the discipline in recent years. Barry Cunliffe here incorporates new theoretical approaches, technological advances and a range of new sites and finds, ensuring that Iron Age Communities in Britain remains the definitive guide to the subject.
"This is an important and original book, dealing not simply with Iron Age archaeology, but with the very foundations of British society." - Colin Renfrew
"This is an occasion for celebration…the book is readable, abundantly illustrated and has full bibliographic references. Its severest critic should give it a resounding welcome." - Stanley Thomas, New Scientist
Preface. 1. The beginnings of Iron Age studies 2. Space and time 3. Background 4. Regional groupings: an overview 5. Regional groupings: the ceramic evidence 6. Protohistory to history, c. 150 BC to AD 43 7. The tribes of the south-eastern core: Catuvellauni/ Trinovantes, Cantii and Atrebates 8. The tribes of the periphery: Durotriges, Dobunni, Iceni and Corieltauvi 9. The late pre-Roman Iron Age in western and northern Britain 10. The establishment of Roman control 11. Themes 12. Settlement and settlement pattern in the south-east 13. Settlement and the settlement pattern in the west 14. Settlement and settlement pattern in the centre and north 15. The development of hillforts and enclosed oppida 16. Food producing strategies 17. Exchanges with the wider world 18. Craft, production and art 19. Warfare 20. Beliefs and behaviour 21. Iron Age society and social change 22. Models, systems and beyond Appendix A Pottery. Appendix B A note on radiocarbon dating. Appendix C List of principal sites. Abbreviations. Bibliography.