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Atlantic Europe in the First Millennium BCCrossing the Divide$
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Tom Moore and Xosê-Lois Armada

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567959

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199567959.001.0001

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The Problem of Continuity

The Problem of Continuity

Reassessing the Shape of the British Iron Age Sequence

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Atlantic Europe in the First Millennium BC

John C. Barrett

Mark Bowden

David McOmish

Oxford University Press

The prevailing gradualist view of the British Iron Age emphasizes continuity from the late Bronze Age onwards: change occurred throughout the Iron Age but it occurred gradually, without major breaks, and explanation for development moved from culture change to economic growth. This chapter argues that a gradualist hypothesis does not adequately explain the shape of the Iron Age; that there were periods of stasis and distinct horizons of change — major shifts that may have occurred within a generation or so. A resolution of the chronological issue is therefore urgent; the chapter is, at one level, a manifesto calling for a serious programme of scientific dating, including the use of Bayesian statistics or whatever other methods can be deployed to bring resolution to the current chronological uncertainties.

Keywords:   Britain, Iron Age, Bronze Age, gradualist view

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