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Who Were the Celts?
« on: September 14, 2018, 12:01:51 PM »
In my last thread I posted a lecture from Dr. Eric Cline on the Bronze Age collapse. We're now moving from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East to the Atlantic facade of Europe.

This lecture is given by Sir Barry Cunliffe, another author and archeologist. I would say that he's up there as one of the foremost Celticists, at least as far as archeology is concerned.

Cunliffe (along with linguist John T. Koch) has some pretty interesting and perhaps controversial ideas about the Celts that essentially shatter the historical analysis of the people who once occupied a massive stretch of land from Iberia and Ireland in the uttermost west to Galatia (those"senseless Galatians" upbraided by St. Paul) and the Tisa valley in the east.

Historically, the belief has been that the people we know as proto-Celts originated in the Hallstatt C culture of Central Europe during the Early Iron Age. From this region, it was argued, the Celts then migrated west into modern western France, Iberia, and Britain. Cunliffe, however, takes the view that the Celts actually originated in the Late Bronze Age on the Atlantic fringe of Europe. Celtic material culture and language was then projected eastwards primarily via trade, where it was essentially diffused through a process of acculturation.

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