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National Geographic Investigates: Ancient Celts: Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of the Celts' Past Hardcover – February 12, 2008
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Grade 3–7—With excellent-quality photographs and a well-written text, this is a thorough presentation of the most up-to-date knowledge about this ancient European culture, from its origins in 800 B.C. through A.D. 500, and cites the echoes of Celtic traditions that live on today. Aerial photos, time lines, informative sidebars, and National Geographic's famous maps augment text that asks and answers interesting questions ("Why did the Celts make human sacrifices?" "What happened when the Romans came?"). Rigorous in its distinction between theory, supposition, and proven fact, the book has photos of artifacts, sites, and physical remains—including close-ups of Celtic "bog people" showing details such as manicured fingernails and hairdos. Scale is scrupulously noted for all objects and structures in both English and metric units. Numerous explanations of techniques and processes—both of the Celts and those employed by archaeologists to study them—inject an element of how-to, a canny addition that will hook readers fascinated by how things work and how we figure things out. Previous books on the subject for this age group have concentrated on the British Isles, or have focused on Celtic myths or daily life. Ancient Celts is a balanced, scientific account that doesn't stint on the mummified remains. Sure to appeal to a broad range of learners.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
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About the Author
Jen Green received a doctorate from the University of Sussex in 1982. She worked in publishing for 15 years and is now a full-time author who has written more than 150 books for children on art, natural history, geography, the environment, history, and other subjects. Her titles include National Geographic Investigates: Ancient Celts and several books from the National Geographic Countries of the World series.
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Elementary students would enjoy reading it and using it for research.
In my opinion, it should be supplemented with other books on the Celts, showing more of their traditional knotwork designs, jewelery and metalworks.
In this amazing book you will learn about the bog bodies, ancient murder mysteries surrounding some of them, the theory about "high-status" hostages taken for sacrifice, you'll read about remarkable craft work (the Gundestrup cauldron), Celtic homes, their diets, their remarkable methods of storing grains, Celtic tombs and graves, their great trading ability, their tools and weapons, international trade, the Roman conquest, you'll meet Susanne Sievers (a passionate Celtic archaeologist and you'll learn what happened to Celtic culture through archaeologists like Rosalind Niblett.
This is the type of book any young person interested in archaeology will have their nose buried in when they are supposed to be doing something else. There are numerous fascinating photographs, maps, a timeline of Celtic Europe and several informative sidebars. In the back of the book there is a glossary, an index, a bibliography and additional recommended book and web site resources. If you're interested in losing yourself in the ancient world of the Celts for hours on end, this is the book you'll need to explore!