The Origins of The Ancient Celts

European Origins

Table of Contents:

  1. The Modern Celtic Nations
  2. The Ancient Celts
    1. The Celts as Indo-Europeans
    2. The Hallstatt and La Tene Cultures
    3. The Atlantic Theory
  3. Genetic Studies
  4. The Origin of the Celts and their Relation to the Basques

The early history of Europe is dominated by the Greeks and Romans, with their hugely impressive achievements not only in conquest but also in science, philosophy, art, and culture. Since the romantic period during the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th and 19th centuries other ethnolinguistic groups, such as the ancient Germanic tribes and their later cousins, the Vikings, have joined them in the limelight. The same is true for the Celts, although it doesn’t seem to be entirely clear who exactly ‘the Celts’ were, or are, as opposed to the other peoples of early Europe.

The Modern Celtic Nations

There are the modern self-proclaimed Celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, with the…

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