Sunday, February 7, 2021

The Iron Age Tribes of Britain

 From Heritage Daily:

The names associated with the Iron Age tribes were recorded by Roman and Greek historians during the second century AD (after Roman Britain had already supplanted the British Iron Age), leading to historians and archaeologists to speculate as to where the tribal centres were situated, or where territorial boundaries extended.

These are also not necessarily the names by which the tribes knew themselves; for instance, “Durotriges” may mean “hillfort-dwellers”, but it is unlikely that the Durotriges themselves considered this their defining name.

Archaeologists have been able to gain some insight into the population extents and tribal boundaries, by studying the spacial distribution of coins of the various groups, and the pottery assemblages associated with each distinct culture. (Read more.)


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