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John Hooker

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

John Hooker is an independent researcher and writer who specializes in the ancient
Celts: their coinage, mythology, and art. In 1999, together with his late wife, the poet
Carin Perron, he decided to build a web presence for the Celtic Coin Index which
started in 1961 as a card index at the Institute of Archaeology at Oxford of all known
ancient Celtic coins of Britain. In 2002, his Celtic Improvisations: An Art Historical
Analysis of Coriosolite Coins was published by Archaeopress, Oxford. It was the first
application of evolutionary cladistics to an archaeological subject and is the most
detailed typological study for any Celtic coinage ever published. In 2005 he contributed
the section on Celtic coinage for John Koch's five volume Celtic Culture: A Historical
Encyclopedia. In 2015, he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of
London (FSA). He currently writes the blog: Past Times and Present Tensions. His
main influences have been the psychology of C. G. Jung and the mythology of Joseph
Campbell. John lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his coyote hybrid (coydog)
Tristan. He has a daughter and two grandchildren.

Interests: Early Celtic Art, Archaeology, Numismatics, Mythology, History, Jungian psychology

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • War in an age of innocence
  • Nonfiction

  • Celtic Improvisations: An Art Historical Analysis of Coriosolite Coins