History of the Celts

 

About Celtic History of the Celts
About Celtic Inspiration of Celtic Jewellery
About Celtic Celtic Symbols

 

History of the CeltsHistory of the Celts

The Celtic people or Gauls as the Romans called them originally came from Eastern Europe. They used the river Danube as their motorway for travel. Using this river they spread into Germany, Austria, Switzerland, regions of France, Scotland, Ireland and Russia in the East. By the time the Celts existence was recorded in the 4th century by the Greeks, there numbers were so large that they were named one of the four great barbarian peoples of the world. The Celts dominated a large area with each tribe having their own identities. They did however, share similarities in religion, language and lifestyle. The Greeks described the Gauls/Celts as tall people with pasty white skin and blonde hair usually scraped back from their foreheads. They dyed their bodies with a substance called woad and drew animal forms and swirly patterns on their skin. The woad turned a bluish colour and was thought to make the Celts look fierce in battle. They also went into battle in the nude to show more of their scary skin to good effect. Patterns decorated clothing and everyday objects as well. The Celts lived in large circular houses with wicker walls and thatched roofs. They ate and slept on the floor using wild animal pelts to keep them warm. The fire was in the centre part of their home so there was room for everyone to gather round. Many artefacts of the iron age have been found. These include handmade decorated pottery from Somerset and bronze brooches to hold their cloaks in place. The most exciting find was the Aylesford bucket, a wooden bucket with a handle and bronze banding. The handle, edges and the feet have beautiful engraved patterns of Celtic art on them.

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