Coins and Power in Late Iron Age Britain (New Studies in by John Creighton

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That is diYcult to tell. The Irish annalists admit as a matter of course the historicity of the Fenian Cycle. For the historian Keating (17th century) the Wana are a professional army charged with the defence of the country against foreign invasion. This conception prevails in the most recent stories, but it does not correspond to conditions reXected by the earlier texts, in which the Wana appear constantly at war with each other or with the royal power, and assume no nationalistic function. (Sjoestedt 1994:86) It is all too easy to imagine that the dynasts of Late Iron Age Britain developed out of earlier pre-existing elites, or a gradual stratiWcation of earlier social systems.

This, of course, was the development of coinage. Virtually everywhere throughout northern Europe coins appeared in a variety of styles, but almost all of them had in common a horse on one side and a face on the other. This is so consistent that it is as if this duality had some deep-rooted signiWcance. I would suggest that the man/horse image on prestige lumps of metal was a deliberately conceived symbol, enshrining the concept of the right to rule, or more plainly the concept of sacral kingship.

The other area which has seen relatively intensive Weldwork is in the vicinity of Maiden Castle. No two areas are identical, but related phenomena can be detected here as well. 8% in phase 7, the LIA (data based on fragment counts: Armour-Chelu 1991:143). The rise is impressive, though the faunal assemblage for the latest layers was small in comparison to the main occupation of the site so the Wgures may be distorted. However, other changes went alongside the rise of horse bone. The nature of the occupation of the site also changed, and Sharples described it as being dramatically diVerent: There is no indication [in the LIA] of continuous occupation across the interior and the layout of the streets and communal storage areas had been The Middle to Late Iron Age transition 17 abandoned.

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