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Part 2 The Rise of the Empire

The nomenclature used here is that developed by German scholars, based on the system devised by Reinecke earlier this century. Figure 2. I shows the approximate relationship with the DechelettejViollier system, which may be more familiar to British readers, and also some approximate dates are suggested. The bibliography has been kept brief, and those interested in following up any points are referred to the contributor's two recent books, The European Iron Age, which gives a general background to the period, and Oppida: earliest towns north oj the Alp.> which deals in depth with the period covered in this essay. Cunliffe's book Iron Age Communitie.> in Britain provides an excellent introduction to the British Iron Age.