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The CeltsA History from Earliest Times to the Present$
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Bernhard Maier

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780748616053

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616053.001.0001

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The Beginnings of Celtic History

The Beginnings of Celtic History

(p.9) Chapter 1 The Beginnings of Celtic History
The Celts

Bernhard Maier

Edinburgh University Press

The period from the Greek geographers' and historians' first mention of the Celts by name until the political decline of the continental Celts, as a result of the expansion of the Roman empire and Germanic pressure, spans the last six centuries bc. Within this period we meet the Celts in an area extending from the Iberian peninsula in the west, across present-day France and northern Italy and the Balkans into Asia Minor in the east. The writings of antiquity and archaeological evidence form the main sources of our knowledge of the Celts of that era. This chapter discusses life in the Iron Age, princely graves and princely centres, and princely graves as a reflection of belief in the hereafter.

Keywords:   Celts, archaeology, Iron Age, princely graves, princely centres

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