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1987. Amphorae [from Hengistbury]. In B. Cunliffe, Hengistbury Head. Oxford, 271–5. Wright, E. , Hedges, R. E. , Bayliss, A. and Van de Noort, R. 2001. New AMS radiocarbon dates for the North Ferriby boats – a contribution to dating prehistoric seafaring in north-western Europe. Antiquity, 75, 726–34. A Companion to Roman Britain Edited by Malcolm Todd Copyright © 2004 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd CH A P T E R T W O Society and Polity in Late Iron Age Britain COLIN HASELGROVE We know surprisingly little about social and political organization in Late Iron Age Britain.

Paired names, for example, are reasonably common and, as well as indicating lineage, could be those of paramount and subordinate ruler; of ruler and moneyer; or of co-rulers. Often, the chronology is too imprecise to determine whether individuals minting coinages in the same region succeeded one another or were contemporary. The fact that the number of names on coinage increases in the late stages of both Tasciovanus’ and Cunobelinus’ reigns does however imply some kind of subdivision or fragmentation of domains that were apparently previously under their sole control, a pointer perhaps to the essentially personal and transitory nature of their power (Haselgrove 1989) Nor is the relationship between the issuers of coinage and the identity group to which they belonged always very clear.

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