> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of <C. A. Prettiman>
> for me? Doesn't the 1999 book represent a substantial departure
> from his earlier scholarship?
Yes and no. He shifted in a considerably different direction with this book,
but he still does believe in commonalities in material culture which are
justifying his earlier works (and the title, especially of "Exploring the
World of the Celts" was definitly forced upon him by the publisher, much
like Raftery was forced to rename his originally intended "The Iron Age in
Ireland" to "Pagan Celtic Ireland"). It is mainly the ethnic construct he
thinks to see constructed around these finds that he disputes - which, as
already said, is basically an old hat anyways.
> Could he perhaps be simply adding some
> balance to the "other side" of the debate (in which I'd include folks
> like Peter Berresford Ellis or such titles as "How the Irish Saved
Please no, not add Berresford-Ellis to that other side! I basically am on
that other side, and I don`t want to see myself lumped into one lot with PBE
(not that I think that the Celts were one ethnic group, but that I think the
term Celtic to be valuable).
> Or is he the Anti-Celtic Satan Incarnate that many
> Celticists seem to believe he is?
No, he isn`t. Basically, his book has been misunderstood as a book about the
Ancient Celts, while in fact it isn`t at all. It is actually a book about
the construction and deconstruction of modern identities. It is sad that
still most people think to believe that it is about the past not the
present, where the absolute opposite is true.
> And have other
> scholars followed suit to write similar texts, or is he
> pretty much still alone in his theories?
> Apologies in advance if this is an annoying request for rudimentary
> information . . . .
No it isn`t, even though a nice summary of the debate is given in the paper
at the other link that Doug kindly provided us with, at
http://www.angelfire.com/bc/henryknox/celts.htm . You might have a look at
it, it gives a really nice summary of who said what in the last several
Raimund Karl <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Research Fellow for European Archaeology
Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies
National Library of Wales
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Cymru, UK