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From: "Ken Nordtvedt" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Celts in Central Europe
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 11:11:54 -0600
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That's why I said "Germanic-speaking" and "Celtic-speaking". I think the
European tribes were segregated by the languages they spoke. Or do you
think Central Europe was a checker board patterns of Celtic-speaking and
Germanic-speaking tribes?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Shane" <>
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Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2004 10:29 AM
Subject: Re: [DNA] Celts in Central Europe

> > Where were the Germanic-speaking tribes living when the Celtic speakers
> > dominated Central Europe?
> >
> > Ken
> >
> >
> Ken,
> One thing to keep in mind, there were no "Celtic" or "Germanic" peoples
> before the Greeks and Romans gave them those titles. Previous to the
> beginning of the Hallstatt period, cultures were primarily titled based on
> their burial practices. Thus, the Urnfield people represent both the
> proto-Germanic and proto-Celtic peoples. The Urnfield culture spread
> the entire length of Europe to varying degrees. Being Celtic is simply a
> matter of culture transfer. (Probably in much the same way the neolithic
> farmers spread their language and technology.) During the Bronze and Iron
> Ages, could find tribal groups that were Celtic and others that weren't
> living side-by-side in central and Northern Europe. It's thought that when
> the Romans labeled some "Germanic", they were simply lumping together all
> peoples on the other side (less civilized side) of the Rhine. The Romans
> very little grasp of subtle distinctions when it came to the barbarians.
> Shane
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