2nd Edition

The Iron Age in Northern Britain
Britons and Romans, Natives and Settlers

ISBN 9781138126305
Published March 23, 2017 by Routledge
436 Pages

USD $62.95

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Book Description

The Iron Age in Northern Britain examines the archaeological evidence for earlier Iron Age communities from the southern Pennines to the Northern and Western Isles and the impact of Roman expansion on local populations, through to the emergence of historically-recorded communities in the post-Roman period.  The text has been comprehensively revised and expanded to include new discoveries and to take account of advanced techniques, with many new and updated illustrations.   The volume presents a comprehensive picture of the ‘long Iron Age’, allowing readers to appreciate how perceptions of Iron Age societies have changed significantly in recent years. New material in this second edition also addresses the key issues of social reconstruction, gender, and identity, as well as assessing the impact of developer-funded archaeology on the discipline. Drawing on recent excavation and research and interpreting evidence from key studies across Scotland and northern England, The Iron Age in Northern Britain continues to be an accessible and authoritative study of later prehistory in the region.

Table of Contents

Part One: Legacy of the Past

Chapter One:  Introduction: the Archaeological Framework

Part Two: The Earlier Iron Age

Chapter Two: Brigantia and Northern England

Chapter Three: The Borders and Southern Scotland

Chapter Four: Central and Eastern Scotland

Chapter Five: Argyll and Atlantic Scotland

Part Three: The Roman Iron Age and its Impact

Chapter Six: Romanization to the Northern Frontier

Chapter Seven: Romanization between and beyond the Frontiers

Part Four: The Later Iron Age

Chapter Eight: The Borders and Southern Scotland

Chapter Nine: Central and Eastern Scotland

Chapter Ten: Argyll and Atlantic Scotland

Part Five: Review and Conclusion

Chapter Eleven: Settlement and Society: Continuity and Change

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Dennis W. Harding is Abercromby Professor emeritus at the University of Edinburgh.


The revised volume provides both a readily accessible guide to the basic fabric of data and ideas concerning the North British Iron Age and a remarkably full and well informed survey of the often revolutionary outcomes of both field and study work during the last fifteen years. This is no limited revision. With its already very substantial bibliography increased by some 20% it sees most chapters considerably enhanced with particularly strong development in the NE of Scotland, the islands, and in Yorkshire. It is a very substantial upgrade.

- Professor Roger Mercer, The University of Edinburgh, UK