Protohistory to history, c. 150 BC to AD 43
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Protohistory to history, c. 150 BC to AD 43 book
Until the middle of the second century BC the history of the British Isles cannot be written in terms of identiﬁable individuals and their actions. At best we have to be content to deﬁne groups of people through their artefacts, the structures they built and the effects they had on their environment. But the two centuries preceding the Roman invasion of AD 43 lie in the shadows of history – the literate world was encroaching. Broadly, this period, which is conventionally referred to as the Late Iron Age, can be divided into two: c. 150-55 BC and 55 BC-AD 43. In the ﬁrst part, movements of people and spheres of tribal inﬂuence can be dimly distinguished, largely through the evidence of coin typology and distribution; by the second, following the invasions of Julius Caesar, we can write of the actual people, the kings and demi-kings of the British aristocracy, and begin to assess their relationship to each other and the Roman world, reﬂected in contemporary historical writings as well as in the numismatic evidence.