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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 Celts in Northern Italy

The Celts in Northern Italy

(p.82) Chapter 6 The Celts in Northern Italy
The Celts

Bernhard Maier

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter traces the history of the Celts in northern Italy. It describes archaeological evidence showing the complex relationship of co-operation and cohabitation between the Celts, the Etruscans, the Liguri and the Veneti and their respective cultures. Of particular note is the so-called Golasecca culture in the northern Italian lakes region north of Milan. The bearers of this culture clearly exercised an intermediary function between the Mediterranean south and the Celtic north, owing to their control of long-distance communication routes over the Alpine passes of St Bernard and St Gotthard. The discussion then turns to literary evidence and brief inscriptions that indicate the language of the Celts of northern Italy.

Keywords:   Golasecca culture, archaeological evidence, literary evidence, language, inscriptions

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