When a country is invaded, how far does the native population adopt the culture of their conquerors? Do they make changes willingly or is assimilation seen as necessary for survival? These questions resonate through current world conflicts, as well as in CA 249’s opening article, which tackles the question of whether Britain was thoroughly, or selectively, Roman.
Just how much the Romans did do for us becomes evident, however, when taken in light of the challenges Ireland has faced without the benefit of Britain’s left-over Roman road infrastructure. Our third feature on Celtic Tiger archaeology looks for the Celts, the invisible people who shaped Ireland’s distinctive culture in the absence of Rome’s influence. This need to excavate the lives of everyday people to better understand their culture is highlighted by a story on Welsh cottages that examines the traditions of inhabitants of Wales from the earliest times to the present. We close with a rare gallery grave on Guernsey.
Exposing the myth of Britannia
Did native Britons enthusiastically adopt Rome’s ways? Or were they pragmatic survivalists?
Building traditions of the rural poor
A new study of cottage-building history reveals everyday life in Wales’ countryside.
The Celtic past meets the Celtic present
Has a decade of commercial archaeology found the elusive Celtic past in Ireland?
Excavations at Delancey Park
A rare Neolithic gallery grave on Guernsey tells the story of life and death 4,500 years ago.