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1uidarmed_celtsDuring the Iron Age, Celts lived across a wide range of lands, from the Iberian Peninsula (Spain) to Anatolia (Turkey), but the ultimate origin of the Celts is a subject of controversy.

Polybius published a history of Rome about 150 BC in which he describes the Gauls of Italy and their conflict with Rome.

Pausanias in the second century BC, says that the Gauls:

"originally called Celts, live on the remotest region of Europe on the coast of an enormous tidal sea".

Posidonius described the southern Gauls about 100 BC. Though his original work is lost it was used by later writers such as Strabo. The latter, writing in the early first century AD, deals with Britain and Gaul as well as Hispania, Italy and Galatia. Caesar wrote extensively about his Gallic Wars in 58-51 BC.

Diodorus Siculus wrote about the Celts of Gaul and Britain in his first century History.

"Their aspect is terrifying...They are very tall in stature, with rippling muscles under clear white skin. Their hair is blond, but not naturally so: they bleach it, to this day, artificially, washing it in lime and combing it back from their foreheads. They look like wood-demons, their hair thick and shaggy like a horse's mane. Some of them are cleanshaven, but others - especially those of high rank, shave their cheeks but leave a moustache that covers the whole mouth and, when they eat and drink, acts like a sieve, trapping particles of food...The way they dress is astonishing: they wear brightly coloured and embroidered shirts, with trousers called bracae and cloaks fastened at the shoulder with a brooch, heavy in winter, light in summer. These cloaks are striped or checkered in design, with the separate checks close together and in various colours.
[The Celts] wear bronze helmets with figures picked out on them, even horns, which made them look even taller than they already are...while others cover themselves with breast-armour made out of chains. But most content themselves with the weapons nature gave them: they go naked into battle...Weird, discordant horns were sounded, [they shouted in chorus with their] deep and harsh voices, they beat their swords rhythmically against their shields." -- Diodorus


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Celt Groups

Here are some of the Celtic groups out there. Many don't have webpages yet (if you're in one of them, contact Marsh to find out how easy, and cheap, it is to get started). As time goes on, we hope to add more of these groups form around the world.

The Confederation Teuta Lingones reconstructs daily life, crafts, cooking and spirituality of the people of the military Lingones that during the Iron Age, starting by the High Marne, has migrated to Italy on the right bank of the River Po . In particular we refer to the third century BC. we also cooperate closely with the group Evropa Antiqva and we are building a Celtic village and experimental teaching.
Ancient Celtic Clans (North East USA)
Located in Upstate NY, near Albany, Ancient Celtic Clans is a Celtic re-enactment group. We are interested in recreating the life and times of all Celtic peoples from 400BCE - 1600CE through the study and participation in their: song, poetry, religion, crafts, combat, and events.
The Celtic Group CARNYX (Tuebingen, Germany)
Founded in the Spring of 1999 by archaeologists and historically interested people from Tuebingen and its environs. The main aim of CARNYX is to present the Celtic era of European prehistory as detailed and realistically as possible. Archaeological findings supplemented by information from antique history writers are the main source for the reconstruction of Celtic dress, jewelery, tools and weapons.
Gaesatae (Northern California, USA)
Most educational programs ignore the influence of Celts on western history and culture.  They are often simply referred to as barbarians or savages, and their accomplishments and achievement minimized by the lasting legacies other cultures.  It is the goal of Gaesatae to educate the public in the intellectual, technological, social and cultural influences of these dynamic and diverse people.

Gaesatae is an experimental archeology group created to educate the public in life and customs of late Iron Age continental Celtic or La Tene D/III Gallic culture.  This group and this website are dedicated to education and scientific purposes.  It is in no way part of any religious, ethnic or political entity or movement associated with neo-paganism, discriminatory groups, or any political movement.  The focus of this organization in to research and publish the findings of scientifically based experiments.  
A Living History Unit based at Butser Ancient Farm, Hampshire, helping with the experimental work on this unique site. The Atrebate Tribe help with the experimental work at Butser, such as, assisting in the construction of buildings, making and using pottery kilns, and harvesting the experimental crops. They have also taken part in film and TV work as 'extras' and 'set dressing'.
The Celtic Learning Project exists to bring the civilization of the ancient Celts to a broad audience. It seeks to do so through interactive instruction and accurate re-creation of events, communities, and architecture associated with the European Iron Age Celts.
Hassia Celtica (Germany, Hessen)
We are a reenactment group based in the 5th Century BC. We show the life of the early-latne gauls in the area in south and middle Hessen.
Our website deals with our Celtic heritage, with archaeological finds and the things that are not recognized in our time as of Celtic heritage, for example in language, customs, etc.

Also Hassia Celtica wishes to show that the Celts were in no way the "barbarians," that they are often portrayed as and is these days, the generally accepted view.

Our interpretation takes the form of historical representation at events in Central Europe.
The focus of our presentation as the rich Celtic in the area of Central and South Hessia in the 5 centuries before Christ , Or about the time of Glaubergfürstens.
Teutates is a reenactment group, based in the 1st century B.C., especially the time of Gallic War, from Rheinhessen and Hessen, Germany.
Legio VIIII Hispanis/The Dobboni and Coritaini Tribes. -- We aim to represent the period of the roman invasion to the battle of Mons Graupis (so in essence AD43 to AD89). As far as we know the we are the only Combat 1st C group in Britain, as such we have Legionary's representing the 9th legion Auxillaries representing the 1st Coh Brittannicus and two Tribes of Britons. Our displays and events are as the group name suggests structured around an impression of a Vicus with the aim of showing the fusion and interaction of the Roman and British cultures, this of course is not only violent. We also demonstrate the combat methods and tactics of the legions and Native Britons in full contact displays. The group also can stage Gladiatorial shows with Noxi and Classically paired Fighters, again these shows are done as competitive full contact matches.
The Confederation Teuta Lingones reconstructs daily life, crafts, cooking and spirituality of the people of the military Lingones that during the Iron Age, starting by the High Marne, has migrated to Italy on the right bank of the River Po . In particular we refer to the third century BC. we also cooperate closely with the group Evropa Antiqva and we are building a Celtic village and experimental teaching.

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