The elusive image
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Waddell, J. (2009). The elusive image. In G. Cooney et al (eds.), Relics of old decency: archaeological studies in later prehistory: festschrift for Barry Raftery (pp. 341-349). Dublin: Wordwell.
It is now possible to identify one symbol in Celtic La Tène art found in Continental Europe and in prehistoric Britain and Ireland that appears to be an expression of a complex religious cosmology. This is the elusive (and sometimes deliberately concealed) image of the solar boat carrying the sun across the heavens. Decorated sword scabbards contain other equally elusive imagery.