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Oxford Summer School - The Celts: Archaeology and Identities in Iron Age Britain and Europe, 7-14 August 2021, UK

Publish Date: Jan 24, 2021

Deadline: Feb 28, 2021

Event Dates: from Feb 07, 2021 12:00 to Feb 14, 2021 12:00


The Celts: Archaeology and Identities in Iron Age Britain and Europe


The ‘Celts’ are documented as a unique prehistoric Iron Age cultural group in Britain and Europe, defined by their art, archaeological sites, physical appearance and aptitude for warfare.  This course will take a closer look at the Iron Age ‘Celts’ and what we know of them from archaeology, documentation and myth.  This will lead us into a consideration of the legacy of the ‘Celts’ and the construction of contemporary ‘Celtic’ identities.  The course includes a one-day fieldtrip to an Iron Age Hillfort and The Roman Baths in Bath (Somerset), with its fascinating interface between ‘Celtic’ and Roman societies.

Programme details

Session 1

Introduction to the course 

Session 2

The Iron Age ‘Celts’: Timeline and Material Culture 

Session 3

The Iron Age ‘Celts’: Societies and Identities

Session 4

The Enigma of Hillforts, Duns, Brochs and Hilltop Enclosures 

Session 5

Art, Ritual and Identities 

Session 6

Why Celts? 

Session 7

Fieldtrip Preparation

Session 8


Session 9


Session 10

Fieldtrip Summary

Session 11

Seminar: Who were the Celts? Who are the Celts?

Session 12

Course Summary 


Ms Fay Stevens


Fay Stevens is an experienced lecturer in archaeology at Oxford OUDCE, OUSSA and other UK and International Universities. She is currently completing a PhD in archaeology and specialises in material culture studies, theoretical and landscape archaeology. Adjunct Professor, University of Notre Dame, London Global Gateway.

Course aims

This course aims to provide an introductory understanding of Iron Age archaeology in Britain, and Europe with particular attention to the idea and construct of the Celts and Celtic identities.  

Teaching methods

All summer school courses are taught through group seminars and individual tutorials. Students also conduct private study when not in class and there is a well stocked library at OUDCE to support individual research needs.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be expected to understand:

  • Introductory knowledge of the archaeology of Iron Age Britain and Europe
  • The complexities of the terms ‘Celt’ and ‘Celtic ‘
  • How the analysis of archaeological evidence relates to our understanding of Iron Age / ‘Celtic’ societies
  • The key issues relevant to the study of cultural and social identities in Iron Age Britain and Europe

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