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Celtic Regionalities : personal ornaments from Southern Gaul

Abstract : The existence of personal jewelry of Celtic type in the South of France is an already well known fact, but short time ago it was realised, that some of this ornaments belong to a regional production. The fact, that this accessories of the Celtic dress (fibulae, belts) have already been produced in Southern Gaul from the middle of the 5th century BC onwards seems to indicate a presence of Celtic groups in this region already at this time. It is possible to find more examples for this development of ornaments (armrings and belts especially) in the 3rd and 2nd century BC, which confirms that the population has been present still in the second part of the second Iron Age. The production of original Celtic jewelry – main types and styles – shows that the clients and the artists of this ornaments have always been in the knowledge of being Celts, living in this region in narrow contact with populations of different origin. By producing and wearing such ornaments connected with their specific way of life and dresscode, the Celts emphasized their ethnic and cultural identity compared to their non-Celtic neighbours.
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Michel Feugère. Celtic Regionalities : personal ornaments from Southern Gaul. G. Tiefengraber, B. Kavur, A. Gaspari. Keltske Studije II. Studies in Celtic Archaeology. Papers in Honour of Mitja Gustin, Monique Mergoil, pp.185-195, 2009, Protohistoire européenne, 11. ⟨halshs-00437668⟩



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