Celtic

The name ‘Celt' describes the group of societies living in Europe during the Iron Age. This period is characterised by the development of metalworking skills- used for creating weaponry, cutting tools, implements and jewellery. This one was made of bronze, iron, silver or gold and featured amber, jet, shale, glass or enamel decoration- red enamel being especially popular. It was worn as a symbol of prestige and social status and jewellery of the earlier period took the form of beads strung on necklaces as well as torcs which wrapped around the neck or wrist, and earrings. Brooches in the shape of safety pins, or ‘fibulae', were next developed to fasten clothing together- made possible by the discovery of how to make wire. These were usually made from bronze, but also have been discovered made from iron, silver or highly decorated gold.

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