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Alice Roberts is going looking for the Celts and their treasures in a story heritage to accompanying a brand new BBC sequence.

We understand much concerning the Roman Empire. The Romans left monuments to their glories and written histories charting the exploits in their heroes. yet there has been one other old humans in Europe - feared warriors with chariots, iron swords, beautiful jewelry, swirling tattoos and weird rituals and ideology. for centuries Europe used to be theirs, now not Rome's. They have been our ancestors, and but the size in their achievements has mostly been forgotten. They have been the Celts.

Unlike the Romans they didn't write their heritage, so the tales of many heroic Celtic women and men were misplaced. And but we will observe their deeds. . . you simply need to recognize the place to appear.

From Denmark to Italy; Portugal to Turkey Alice Roberts takes us on a trip throughout Europe, revealing the amazing tale of the Celts: their actual origins, how they lived and thrived, and their enduring glossy legacy
Using ground-breaking linguistic examine, as well as the newest archaeology and genetics, Alice Roberts will discover how this notable and complex tradition grew from the fringes of the continent and humiliated the may possibly of Rome.

The Celts accompanies a considerable BBC sequence offered through Alice Roberts and Neil Oliver, and exhibiting in October 2015.

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Round the comparable time, the Greeks started to colonize Sicily and southern Italy, turning into neighbours of the Etruscans in northern Italy, who have been hungry for Greek items and ideas. within the 7th century BC, the Etruscans verified their very own buying and selling posts within the western Mediterranean, alongside the coast of southern France. after which the Greeks additionally proven colonies the following, the 1st of those being Massalia, round six hundred BC. This Greek colony was once where from which Pytheas trigger on his maritime experience into the northern Atlantic. we all know, from Strabo, that this colony lay with regards to the territory of the Celts within the south-west. however it was once additionally very with reference to the mouth of the Rhone, and that river shaped an enormous exchange path linking the Mediterranean with Celtic lands north of the Alps. within the 6th century, the Mediterranean global entered a interval of turmoil. The Phoenician towns within the Levant have been subsumed into the Babylonian empire, slicing adrift the Phoenician urban of Carthage, in sleek Tunisia, which persisted its alternate with the western Mediterranean. Greek towns alongside the Aegean coast of what's now Turkey grew to become swallowed up into the increasing Persian empire. The population of 1 of those towns, Phocaea (modern Foca, in Turkey), left en masse and tried to settle in Corsica, yet, dealing with competition from the Etruscans, ultimately settled for a brand new domestic in southern Italy. Archaeologists think that Massalia – which had initially been based by means of the seafaring Phocaean Greeks – used to be then left a bit remoted. It’s difficult to grasp which one drove the opposite, however it turns out that, simply because the Massiliote Greeks have been commencing to go searching for brand new markets for his or her items, the rising Hallstatt elite constructed a necessity for such luxuries, to consolidate and show their excessive prestige. exchange up and down the Rhone had by no means been so frantic. The Celts have been sincerely drawn to one specific element of Greek tradition: wine consuming. relationship to the past due 6th century and into the 5th century, Greek and Etruscan amphorae, bowls for blending wine, flagons, jugs and cups without warning begin turning up in excavations of early Celtic, Hallstatt interval hill forts and within the graves of the social elite. those reveals are highly enlightening. They express that robust humans have been controlling not just neighborhood creation – agriculture, iron and salt – but additionally status items that they acquired via exchange. those invaluable possessions have been very important symbols of wealth and standing: basically the main robust may possibly desire to procure them. so long as they can hold this monopoly, they'd preserve their social prestige. one of the such a lot richly supplied of the entire Hallstatt burials is that of the Hochdorf Prince. His grave was once found in southern Germany within the overdue sixties, round 250 miles north-west of the city of Hallstatt itself. the fantastic items buried within the grave along the mortal continues to be of the ‘prince’ graphically demonstrate the heady heights to which the wealthy and strong may possibly ascend during this Iron Age society, and the significance of unique status items – specifically goods linked to ingesting and feasting – in securing such excessive prestige.

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