On 9/3/2008, "John Hooker" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>Following along from this, someone like Simon James comes along and says
>"there was no unified Celtic culture" because he really believes that
>to be the case, or John Collis comes along and says the same thing
>because he really wants us to prove that he is wrong -- then the great
>unwashed public starts to believe that "Celtic" is a naughty word. They
>are then told to replace it with "Iron Age" (so as not to confuse the
>dears) and then some of us Celticists who have achieved varying levels
>of connoisseurship in our respective, and undoubtedly anal retentive,
>specialties shake our heads and say "but...?"
But doesn't this really boil down to how ones define culture, and the
role of "stuff"--ie material culture in reflecting the said culture?
And how much ink has been spilled on that topic over the years.
I mean thousands of years from now are some archaeologists going to
wonder about the massive Japanese migrations of the 1970s and 1980s, and
then the massive Chinese migrations of post 2000? Sure, we have a
written record that tells us otherwise now, but can we really be sure it