Here Are the Most Brutal and Fascinating Facts About Celtic Life

Hittite silver vessel, terminating in the forepart of a stag. C. 14th-13th century BC. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Wikimedia Commons. Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

2. Celtic Culture did not arrive fully formed. It evolved.

 The Celts, however, did not just “arrive.” Instead, Celtic culture evolved as a result of events that occurred around 1200BC when established civilizations such as the Mycenaean and Hittite empires began to collapse. This collapse had a significant effect, sparking off a series of mass migrations of people — and knowledge. For the Hittites were skilled metal workers — and so, as their empire fragmented, their metallurgical secrets leaked out, gradually making their way into eastern Europe. As a result of the subsequent advances in existing bronze working, a new, proto Celtic culture began to emerge in the first and second millennium BC: Urnfield Culture.