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Later European Prehistory Group

Jon Finney, (Cambridgeshire County Council) - Middle Iron Age warfare of the hillfort dominated zone
When Oct 31, 2016
from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Where McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street
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Abstract:

Studies of Iron Age warfare in Britain have been dominated by the overarching model of ‘Celticness’. Despite the fact that the uncritical application of Classical writings to the British Iron Age has been under assault for some time, warfare as a construct is mostly still seen within this context.

The evidence for warfare in the Middle Iron Age of the Hillfort Dominated Zone can be broken down into two complementary fields: weaponry and settlement.

The role of hillforts in relationship to the overall settlement pattern will be explored. Studies of prehistoric weaponry tend either to be typological or assume that the changes in use are the result of improved mechanical efficiency. An exploration of the social significance of weaponry using specific ethnographic analogy attempts to provide a social context for the types of weapons recovered from the hillfort dominated zone.

In order to attempt to understand the potential relationship between hillfort defences and the use of the sling (often assumed within the current literature), experimental work has been carried out and the results applied to a series of surveyed hillforts.

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