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HMNS/AIA Distinguished Lecture: The Celtic Project - Confronting Empire – Celts and Romans, Conquest & Resistance
February 13, 2012
The Houston Museum of Natural Science presents an HMNS/AIA Distinguished Lecture. Fascinating Speakers, Cutting Edge Science. Hear about the latest scientific discoveries - from the world's foremost experts. Throughout the year, HMNS hosts a variety of distinguished lecturers to enhance your understanding of a current exhibition or provide new perspectives on captivating topics.
Monday, February 13, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
The Celtic Project - Confronting Empire – Celts and Romans, Conquest & Resistance
Dr. Peter Wells, Professor, Anthropology, The University of Minnesota
How do conquered peoples experience empires? In the course of a century, Roman legions invaded and conquered Gaul, southern Germany, and Britain. Julius Caesar described his conquest of the Celts in Gaul, and Tacitus recounted Rome’s victory over the peoples of Britain. But the archaeology provides a different story. In the settlements and houses, the pottery and ornaments, we see that the Celts continued to assert their identities throughout the centuries of Roman rule and even caused changes to Rome.
The larger lesson is that we need to dig deeper than official accounts to understand how conquered peoples fare in empires. Through study of the materials that the Celts crafted, used, and left, we can let them speak for themselves and tell us about their experiences confronting the Roman Empire.
Peter S. Wells is Professor with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. He attended the University of Tübingen, and received his degrees from Harvard. He specializes in European archaeology, especially of the Bronze & Iron Ages, the Roman Period, and the early medieval period, and has been Director of excavations at the late Bronze Age and Iron Age settlements of Hascherkeller, Altdorf, and Kelheim in Bavaria.
His recent main publications include Barbarians to Angels: The Dark Ages Reconsidered (2008) and Image and Response in Early Europe (2008). Professor Wells’s The Barbarians Speak: How the Conquered Peoples Shaped Roman Europe (1999) was named “Outstanding Title of 1999” by the Profession and Scholarly Division of the Association of American Publishers.
Co-sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America - Houston Society and by The William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies, University of St. Thomas, Houston.