Celtic Culture and the Arts Essay

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Celtic Culture and the Arts The legacy the Celts and their culture have bestowed upon the face of civilization is powerful and enduring. With their rich and intriguing history, and their complex and beautiful beliefs, they have been a great influence in many aspects of present day life, from their art and innovations, to deeply rooted traditions modern humanity still continues to preserve. It is through the examination of the Celtic culture as a whole, from their origins, tool usage and inventions, social systems, judicial systems, to their intricate spiritual beliefs that one is able to draw a strong sense of unity and connection to these mysterious people from whom most every Indo-European descendant draws their ancestry. The …show more content…
It is the Halstatt era which is credited with the formation of a separate and distinct Celtic culture (Lavin, 1999).

It was the Beaker People who initially developed and carried with them their distinct tool traditions that would come to characterize the Celtic Culture. They were very skilled in working bronze, a malleable yet strong metal made by the combination of copper and tin. This led to the development of a variety of tools, such as the ox-drawn plough, which allowed for more sophisticated and efficient methods of cultivation, which in turn led to the dramatic increase of populations throughout Europe.

Within Europe, there was an elaborate trading system in metals, and bronze was traded to countries, such as Scandinavia, or even as far away as the Orient, in exchange for gold, amber, and beads. The bronze tool tradition continued until about the last century before Christ, especially in northern Europe, people had begun to discover the wonders of a new, stronger and more durable metal; iron. Iron is thought to have been implemented in Celtic cultures through a series of invasions by a people whose identity still remains ambiguous, but are to have thought to have originated as far away as Austria and Switzerland (Blundell, 1999).

Celtic technicians were extremely innovative in their developments, and greatly increased the
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