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This is a useful scholarly, yet approachable title to students of Iron Age agriculture as well as those interested in spiritual practice in pre-Roman Gaul and Britain. The discussion on domestic and hunted animals is the strength of the book, as the conclusions are drawn from archaeology. This title presents zooarchaeology in the UK as well as that from France. I was especially appreciative of this, as I do not speak (or read) French! Her book is an excellent compliment to the works of Peter J. Reynolds and the research at Butser Ancient Farm.
In describing a society that has left no written record of its ideas on animal myth and religion Greene relies on archaeology along with ethnography. Although Dark Age Irish legends can not be expected to be perfectly equivalent with the beliefs of Iron Age Britons and Gauls, they do provide a helpful guide.
All in all it's an excellent book.
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Miranda Green (born 1970) is a British journalist, the former Press Secretary to then Liberal Democrats party leader Paddy Ashdown.
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