Exchanges with the wider world
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Exchanges with the wider world book
That the British Isles were in contact with Continental Europe throughout the Iron Age is evident from many aspects of the material culture and from occasional anecdotes recorded in the classical literature. At times there may have been organized trade with well-deﬁned procedures and recognized rates of exchange, but there were many other ways in which exotic material and ideas found their way into Britain, ranging from folk movements to systems of gift exchange between élites. Archaeology can seldom distinguish precisely between the various possible systems. In the discussion to follow, the scope of the evidence is laid out, roughly in chronological order, and, where it is thought to be appropriate, some of the wider implications of the material are discussed.