The Celts (Kel’tz) were a diverse group of people whose empire once spanned the European continent. Recent archeological digs in Eastern Europe and Asia Minor indicate the possibility that the Celts were not indigenous to Europe at all. The fact that the original Celtic stock was primarily a dark haired people with swarthy complexions only verifies this new theory. This theory is the migratory theory; when applied the Celtics sometime in the millennia of the Bronze Age entered Europe from somewhere in Asia Minor. It was not long before they settled in the region of the Danube River basin and soon began raiding and conquering their neighbors. The Celtic conquest continued until their tribal lands covered most of Western Europe, from the Danube to Rome and westward as far as current-day Belgium.
If the origins of the Celts are historically dubious, the name they identified themselves with remains a mystery. While historical accounts exist, as well as a few Celtic carvings referencing tribal names, Celtic writings do not refer to a racial name. The only surviving accounts to refer to the Celtic people were written by Roman and Greek historians. In fact, it is from Greek texts that the Celts received their ethnic name, Keltoi, a Greek word for “stranger” or “outsider.” This identifier was altered by late Roman writers and eventually adopted by the Celts as a means of identification in trade and war.
It should be also be noted that the Celts in the British Isles (Irish, Scots, Welsh) are related to the Central European Celts, who were gradually forced off the European Continent, albeit more culturally rather than genetically. Our Celtic collection features coins, Celtic ring money, crosses, bracelets, chains, bronze garment pins, and swords. Framed antiquities also available.