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‘Are you local’? Indigenous Iron Age and mobile Roman and post-Roman populations: Then, now and in-between

Hingley, R; Bonacchi, C; Sharpe, K; (2018) ‘Are you local’? Indigenous Iron Age and mobile Roman and post-Roman populations: Then, now and in-between. Britannia 10.1017/S0068113X18000016. Green open access

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Abstract

The Iron Age and Roman periods are often defined against each other through the establishment of dualities, such as barbarity–civilisation, or spiritual–rational. Despite criticisms, dualities remain prevalent in the National Curriculum for schools, television, museum displays and in academic research. Recent scientific studies on human origins, for example, have communicated the idea of an ‘indigenous’ Iron Age, setting this against a mobile and diverse Roman-period population. There is also evidence for citizens leveraging dualities to uphold different positions on contemporary issues of mobility, in the UK and internationally. This paper discusses values and limitations of such binary thinking, and considers how ideas of ambiguity and temporal distancing can serve to challenge attempts to use such dualities to map the past too directly onto the present, reflecting on recent social media debates about Britain the European Union.

Type: Article
Title: ‘Are you local’? Indigenous Iron Age and mobile Roman and post-Roman populations: Then, now and in-between
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0068113X18000016
Publisher version: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/britannia/...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Celtic, heritage, indigenous, Iron Age, dualities, mobility, Roman Britain.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10042549
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