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    Prehistoric British agriculture more sophisticated than previously thought

    This was reported in the news today.

    South Downs pre-Roman 'farming collective' discovered

    It appears that the early inhabitants of this island were more sophisticated than previously believed. This adds a bit more fuel to argument that the Celts weren't the uncivilised savages the Romans claimed them to be.
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    Re: Prehistoric British agriculture more sophisticated than previously thought

    Exactly. I don't know why people are surprised at this though. It's well known that the late pre-Roman Iron Age (LPRIA) in Britain was fairly sophisticated, minted its own coinage etc. The Romans were masters of propaganda and unfortunately this was picked up and used by countries with colonial ambitions even into the 20th century. Actually, the Romans did not bring civilisation, agriculture and who-knows-what everywhere they went. There is plentiful evidence that in North Africa for instance, production of olive oil reduced when the Romans took it over.
    But it is an interesting article. Didn't mean to rant Jembru. Sorry.
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    Re: Prehistoric British agriculture more sophisticated than previously thought

    Quote Originally Posted by Tylluan Penry View Post
    Exactly. I don't know why people are surprised at this though. It's well known that the late pre-Roman Iron Age (LPRIA) in Britain was fairly sophisticated, minted its own coinage etc. The Romans were masters of propaganda and unfortunately this was picked up and used by countries with colonial ambitions even into the 20th century. Actually, the Romans did not bring civilisation, agriculture and who-knows-what everywhere they went. There is plentiful evidence that in North Africa for instance, production of olive oil reduced when the Romans took it over.
    But it is an interesting article. Didn't mean to rant Jembru. Sorry.
    Terry Jones's (of Monty Python fame) book, Barbarians: An Alternative Roman History, is a good read on this subject.
    Last edited by B. de Corbin; 13 Jul 2016 at 02:43.
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