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Studies of the Later Iron Age

Nature volume 141, page 1048 (11 June 1938) | Download Citation



ALTHOUGH it is a commonplace that archaeology is a ‘young’ science, this can be appreciated in its fullest implication only when a comprehensive survey is made of some one department of archæological studies such as that of the La Tene culture in Mr. J. M. de Navarro's Sir John Rhys Memorial Lecture for 1936 before the British Academy ("A Survey of Research on an Early Phase of Celtic Culture", Humphrey Milford, pp. 42, 1937. 35. net). The La Tène culture, especially in its artistic manifestations, has so high a place in the development of protohistoric studies, and has been the subject of so much detailed investigation, which is recorded in a considerable literature, that it is difficult to realize that La Tene, the later of the two type stations or rather sites which have given their names to the principal divisions now recognized in the Iron Age, was first investigated so recently as 1856, though sites and objects now regarded as belonging to that civilization were being discovered for some years before.

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