Cultural identity is a key area of debate in contemporary Europe. Despite widespread use of the past in the construction of ethnic, national and European identity, theories of cultural identity have been neglected in archaeology. Focusing on the interrelationships between concepts of cultural identity today and the interpretation of past cultural groups, Cultural Identity and Archaeology offers proactive archaeological perspectives in the debate surrounding European identities.

This fascinating and thought-provoking book covers three key areas. It considers how material remains are used in the interpretation of cultural identities, for example ‘pan-Celtic culture’ and ‘Bronze Age Europe’. Finally, it looks at archaeological evidence for the construction of cultural identities in the European past.

The authors are critical of monolithic constructions of Europe, and also of the ethnic and national groups within it. in place of such exclusive cultural, political and territorial entities the book argues for a consideration of the diverse, hybrid and multiple nature of European cultural identities.

chapter 1|24 pages


Archaeology and cultural identity in Europe
BySiân Jones, Paul Graves-Brown

chapter 2|23 pages

The genealogy of material culture and cultural identity

ByShaun Hides

chapter 3|14 pages

Constructing identities through culture

The past in the forging of Europe
ByMargarita Díaz-Andreu

chapter 4|19 pages

Discourses of identity in the interpretation of the past

BySiân Jones

chapter 5|15 pages

All things bright and beautiful?

Species, ethnicity and cultural dynamics
ByPaul Graves-Brown

chapter 6|20 pages

Imagining the new Europe

Identity and heritage in European Community discourse
ByCris Shore

chapter 7|9 pages

One Europe – one past?

ByLiliana Janik, Hanna Zawadzka

chapter 9|7 pages

European origins – ‘civilisation' and ‘barbarism'

ByKristian Kristiansen

chapter 10|22 pages

Farmers our ancestors and the identity of Europe

ByMarek Zvelebil

chapter 11|12 pages

Celts and politics

ByJohn Collis

chapter 12|17 pages

Celts and Iberians

Ideological manipulations in Spanish archaeology
ByGonzalo Ruiz Zapatero

chapter 13|13 pages

The identity of France

Archetypes in iron age studies
ByBéatrice Fleury-Ilett

chapter 14|19 pages

Narratives of Veøy

On the poetics and scientifics of archaeology
ByBrit Solli

chapter 15|10 pages

Archaeological sources as ethnical evidence

The case of the Eastern Vistula mouth
ByAleksander Bursche

chapter 16|18 pages

‘Celtic' Iron Age Europe

The theoretical basis
ByAndrew P. Fitzpatrick

chapter 17|15 pages

Britain after Rome

Between multiculturalism and monoculturalism
ByJohn Hines