Whilst it is not essential to do any background reading before the course begins, you may find it useful to do so. The reading list below contains books that you can read. You don’t have to read all of these and we don’t specify any that you must read. Instead, these are readings you can use to gain a preliminary understanding of topics, as well as to study in more depth those parts of the course you are particularly interested in. You may also want to take a look at magazines such as British Archaeology, World Archaeology and Current Archaeology.
Further suggestions about ways you can extend your understanding of topics through books, television etc may also be posted here as appropriate, as well as on the WEA East Midlands Region History Space blog.
Aldhouse-Green, M. 2015. The Celtic Myths: A Guide to the Ancient Gods and Legends. Thames and Hudson Ltd.
Aldhouse-Green, M and McDermid, V. 2015. Bog Bodies Uncovered: Solving Europe’s Ancient Mystery. Thames and Hudson Ltd.
Collis, J. 2003. The Celts: Origins, Myths & Inventions. The History Press.
Cunliffe, B. 2003. The Celts: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
Cunliffe, B. 2013. Britain Begins. Oxford University Press.
Cunliffe, B and Koch, J. T (Eds). 2012. Celtic from the West: Alternative Perspectives from Archaeology, Genetics, Language and Literature. Oxbow Books.
Farley, J and Hunter, F. 2015. Celts: Art and Identity. British Museum Press.
Foster, J. 2002. Life and Death in the Iron Age. Ashmolean Museum.
Gosden, C, Crawford, S, and Ulmschneider, K (Eds). 2014. Celtic Art in Europe: Making Connections. Oxbow Books.
Haywood, J and Cunliffe, B. 2009. The Historical Atlas of the Celtic World. Thames and Hudson Ltd.
MacKillop, J. 2005. Myths and Legends of the Celts. Penguin Books Ltd.
Manco, J. 2015. Blood of the Celts: The New Ancestral Story. Thames and Hudson Ltd.
Pryor, F. 2004. Britain BC: Life in Britain and Ireland before the Romans. Harper Perennial.
Roberts, A. 2015. The Celts: Search for a Civilisation. Heron Books. (Accompanies BBC documentary ‘The Celts: Blood, Iron and Sacrifice’, which is available as a DVD).