AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractUsing an approach derived from material culture studies and semiotics, this speculative paper addresses possible relationships between humans and horses in the British Iron Age. Through a study of dominance of horse imagery found on Iron Age British coinage, specifically the Western coins traditionally attributed to the ‘Dobunni’, the author explores what these coins may be able to inform us regarding the possible relationships between humans and horses and their personhood therein. Drawing on wider evidence including faunal remains and other horse-related metalwork, it is argued that these coins could be interpreted as a manifestation of the complex perspectives surrounding a symbiotic relationship between humans and horses.
CitationPudney, C. (2018-forthcoming). Coins and Cosmologies in Iron Age Western Britain. Cambridge Archaeological Journal.
PublisherTaylor & Francis
JournalCambridge Archaeological Journal
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