Skip to comments.Archeologists revise image of ancient Celts
Posted on 06/17/2013 7:16:28 PM PDT by Islander7
The Celts were long considered a barbaric and violent society. But new findings from a 2,600-year-old grave in Germany suggest the ancient people were much more sophisticated than previously thought.
The little Bettelbühl stream on the Danube River was completely unknown, except to local residents. But that changed in the summer of 2010 when a spectacular discovery was made just next to the creek.
Not far from the Heuneburg, the site of an early Celtic settlement, researchers stumbled upon the elaborate grave of a Celtic princess. In addition to gold and amber, they found a subterranean burial chamber fitted with massive oak beams. It was an archeological sensation that, after 2,600 years, the chamber was completely intact.
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does this mean i have to stop painting myself blue and runnin nekked thru the forest
So glad they gave us green beer...
"Because the Goths conquered Rome in A.D. 410, they couldn't have been so primitive."
"Because the Vandals captured Rome in A.D. 455, they couldn't have been so primitive."
"Because the Carthaginians were unable to capture Rome, they must have been pretty primitive."
After they defeated Rome all the Celts gathered in the Forum and danced without moving their upper bodies.
Being Celtic, I will tell you the Celts have always told the truth about themselves. It is the rest of the world that refuses to hear it.
where did you get my daughter’s picture???
never had occasion to wish I was a horse, before.
Reminds me of Grace O’Malley, which just happens to be my daughter’s name.
Not on my account.
All those tats make me wonder who owns “your daughter”. :P
i did run through the forest nekked and not painted blue once some of us went up to sit in a hotpool inside Yellowstone there were people there and then another couple showed up and got in no one was paying any attention but they got out after a short stay put their Park Ranger uniforms on and said you are all under arrest
Is that the one they call “the Princess?” or just a statue.
Well, they were by comparison, which was sort of what the whole thing was about. They said so themselves. On the other hand, when they got tired of the smell of corpses in Rome (they stayed for three months) they gathered Roman gold and crossed the Adriatic and conquered a good bit of that area as well. Marvelous mercenaries, and would be for another five hundred years or so.
What is not yet entirely realized is the extent of international trade at the time. The fact that Spanish artifacts turned up in this dig is one example of this. If the Celts were after gold in Rome, why? Because it was pretty? No, because it was tradeworthy. What Julius Caesar would conquer in the Gallic wars three centuries later was a civilization, not a confederation of tribes, and Roman law overlaid on it would provide the basis for the Middle Ages.
Being of Celtic heritage myself I have a certain sympathy for the whole thing, except perhaps for the human sacrifice (which the Romans would still be at during the Punic Wars, and yes, two of their victims were Celtic, the others, Greek. They buried them alive. I'm sorry I took that course in Roman Civilization...) And when, in the end, they migrated to Boston and took up basketball, they started a whole new...wait, what?
The Celts were indeed sophisticated and did well for quite a while. Stronger tribes eventually drove them west. Story of humanity—biggest stick wins the day. The Germanic peoples finally won out...and held on to their ground (mostly).