Friday, May 15, 2009

Book of the Month

Our choice among the new additions to our shelves this month is An Atlas for Celtic Studies by John T. Koch, a ground-breaking publication on the Celts in Europe.

The book contains 64 large-format pages of maps of Europe (including impressive coverage of Ireland) with thousands of Celtic placenames, inscriptions and other mappable linguistic evidence. The maps are accompanied by scholarship on the archaeology and placenames of the different regions including explanatory text, theoretical discussion, map details, bibliography, and index.

It is an attempt to move away from the usual presentation of the Celts in narrative form and to allow space for individual interpretations of linguistic and cultural sources.

An essential work for anyone studying the Celts, and a fascinating read for all,
it can be found in our Main Lending Collection at 936.4/KOC.