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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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(p.439) 19 The Problem of Continuity
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Atlantic Europe in the First Millennium BC
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John C. Barrett

Mark Bowden

David McOmish

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199567959.003.0019

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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