Professor Hutton is a leading authority on the history of the British Isles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, on ancient and medieval paganism and magic, and on the global context of witchcraft beliefs. He is Professor of History in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Bristol.He is an author of numerous publications and regularly contributes to press articles, and has often been quoted in history disputes or challenging common historical assumptions, most recently of Stonehenge.
Professor Hutton says;
“Between 1880 and 1980, academics all over Europe spoke confidently about the Celts as a group of ancient peoples with a distinctive lifestyle, art and set of languages. But since 1980 British archaeologists and historians have almost completely abandoned the concept.”
Professor Hutton will illustrate why this change of opinion took place, and examine what can be salvaged from the ruin of the old model to make the term ‘Celtic’ meaningful in the new century.
1. Professor Ronald Hutton