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Wuffing Education

The Iron Age in East Anglia and Beyond

Burgh Iron Age Earthworks (Cliff Hoppitt)

with Edward Martin

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 19th April, 2008

An exploration of East Anglia’s Celtic heritage in the broader context of Britain and Europe during the Iron Age.

An exploration of East Anglia's Celtic heritage in the broader context of Britain and Europe during the Iron Age, following a fascinating trail of horse-riding warriors, richly-furnished graves and dark rituals across Europe to understand what was happening here in East Anglia over two thousand years ago. The ancient uses of iron, the significance of the Celtic languages, the origins of horse-riding and wheeled vehicles will all form part of the story.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 The beginning of the Iron Age in Europe: the discovery of iron; the Celts and the Indo-Europeans; the appearance of horse-riding and wheeled vehicles; the Hallstatt Culture and the princely burials  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 The later Iron Age in Europe: the La Tène Culture; religion and the bog men; houses and descriptions by Classical writers  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Iron Age in Britain: invaders or natives?; ‘exotic’ chariot burials in the north; ‘native’ pottery in Suffolk; the arrival of the Belgae; cremation and chamber burials  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Iron Age houses and settlement patterns; religion and warfare in the enclosed sites; hillforts, terrets and torcs - Iron Age ‘bling’?; coinage and tribal identities  
  16:15 Close  

About Edward Martin

Edward Martin has worked as an archaeologist with Suffolk County Council for over 30 years, specialising in prehistoric and historic landscape studies. He co-edited An Historical Atlas of Suffolk (3rd ed. 1999) and has written a wide range of papers. He excavated the important Iron Age sites at Burgh and Barnham (both published in the EAA series) and has written a general study of the Iron Age in Suffolk (in Davies and Williamson, Land of the Iceni. The Iron Age in Northern East Anglia). He is chairman of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History and of the Suffolk Gardens Trust.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Brunnaux, J.L, The Celtic Gauls: Gods, Rites and Sanctuaries (Seaby, London 1988)
Collis, J., The European Iron Age (Batsford, London, 1984, 1997)
Cunliffe, B., Iron Age Communities in Britain, Routledge (London 1974, 4th ed., 2004)
Cunliffe, B., Iron Age Britain, Batsford (London 1995, rev. ed., 2004)
Davies, J. and Williamson, T. (eds.), Land of the Iceni. The Iron Age in Northern East Anglia, Studies in East Anglia History 4 (UEA Norwich, 1999)
Dunnett, R., The Trinovantes (Duckworth, London 1975)
Eluère, C., The Celts. First Masters of Europe (Thames and Hudson, London, 1993)
Glob, P.V., The Bog People. Iron Age Man Preserved, Faber (London 1969, several later eds, latest New York Review of Books 2004)
Gregory, T., Excavations in Thetford, 1980-1982, Fison Way, East Anglian Archaeology 53 (1992)
Hobbs, R., British Iron Age Coins in the British Museum (British Museum Press, London 1996)
Hutcheson, N.C.G., Later Iron Age Norfolk: Metalwork, Landscape and Society, BAR 361 (Archaeopress, Oxford 2004)
James, S., Exploring the World of the Celts (Thames and Hudson, London 1993 - paperback ed. 2005)
Mallory, J.P., In Search of the Indo-Europeans. Language, Archaeology and Myth (Thames and Hudson, London 1991)
Mallory, J.P. and Adams, D.Q., The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World (Oxford University Press 2006)
Martin, E., Burgh, Iron Age and Roman Enclosure, East Anglian Archaeology 40 (1988)
Martin, E., Settlements on Hill-tops: Seven Prehistoric Sites in Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology 65 (1993)
Megaw, R and V., Celtic Art, From its beginnings to the Book of Kells, Thames and Hudson, London, 1989
Moscati, S., Frey, O.H., Kruta, V., Raftery, B. and Szabó, M. (eds) The Celts (Thames and Hudson, London 1991)
Oppenheimer, S., The Origins of the British. A Genetic Detective Story (Constable, London, 2006)
Reynolds, P.J., Iron-Age Farm. The Butser Experiment (Colonnade, London 1979)
Ross, A., The Pagan Celts (Batsford, London 1986)
Turner, R.C. and Scaife, R.G., Bog Bodies. New Discoveries and New Perspectives (British Museum Press, London 1995)


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