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p. 303. The archaeology of religious practice at the time of the Druidslocked

  • Barry Cunliffe


‘The archaeology of religious practice at the time of the Druids’ considers a range of archaeological data relevant to the intellectual life and belief systems of the inhabitants of Gaul and Britain in the five centuries before the Roman invasion. The data are richer and more varied than those of the preceding prehistoric period, but share many themes: placing offerings in the ground or in water; digging deep shafts reaching towards the underworld; complex burial rites involving grave goods and consigning the dead to the sky and the earth; the significance of the human skull; and careful measurement of lunar and solar time to chart the passage of the seasons.

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