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Doing the research - Iron Age life:
See ALL the stars!I'm trying to work out how a very low tech culture works, ("low-tech" being basic metalworking, agriculture, that sort of thing) and obviously there are plenty of examples. However, cursory Googling doesn't yield a lot of usable information. (Or maybe I'm rubbish at Google-fu) I'm looking for things about societies like the Native Americans and Celts, with The Roman Empire being a little on the high-tech end. I'm not so much looking for beliefs as what day-to-day life was like, and how people interacted. (The sort of stuff you would need to know if you were writing a historically-accurate sitcom) Anyone got any suggestions? (Though please don't say, "library" without giving a title or something like that)
edited 14th Feb '11 3:49:30 PM by Yej
Da Rules excuse all the inaccuracy in the world. Listen to them, not me.
Stayin' AliveI have a few suggestions, though I'm not completely sure if they'd work:
edited 14th Feb '11 8:34:29 PM by Dec
Have you read any fictional books set in this time period? They wouldn't be a substitute for your own research, of course, but they could give you ideas and words to search for. I'm thinking of The Reindeer People by Megan Lindholm.
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Terracotta Soldier ManA couple of references which I found on a quick search of Amazon.com, based on the parameters you gave us: The European Iron Age, by John Collis. The Bog People: Iron Age Man Preserved, by P. V. Glob. Surviving the Iron Age, by P. L. Firstbrook. It chronicles an attempt by some modern researchers to recreate an Iron Age village. It's probably not a perfect recreation of what exactly did happen, but it would appear to give some insights into the sorts of challenges these people faced. The Vikings, by Else Roesdahl. It's a bit outside what you gave us, but it should still be useful. It's also a good read; I actually own a copy of this one. History, Myths, and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees, by James Mooney. Another one that I own, although I haven't gotten that far into it. You might want to see if your local library has these or can get them via interlibrary loan. You might also want to ask the desk clerk about any archaeological / daily life books for the cultures you have in mind.
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