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The ‘Celtic’ period is also known as the Iron Age. This is an archaeological time period generally occurring after the Bronze Age, marked by the prevalent use of iron. In Central Europe, the Iron Age is generally divided in the early Iron Age Hallstatt culture (HaC and D, 800–450) and the late Iron Age La Tène culture (beginning in 450 BC).

The BBC Radio 4 series ‘In Our Time’ has two episodes in its archive which might be of interest and are available to download. One is on the Iron Age in which Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the dawn of the European Iron Age. The other is on the Celts.

Those wishing to follow this subject up may also wish to take a look at:

Iron Age (Wikipedia)
British Iron Age (Wikipedia)
Iron Age Europe (Wikipedia)
Overview: Iron Age, 800 BC – AD 43 (BBC History)
Iron Age ‘Celts’ (Education Scotland)

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