The Clets

By Jessica Parker


Between knowing a little bit and nothing about the family structure amount the Celts. Patterns of settlement varied from in the outback to urban. The popular stereotype of non-civilised societies settled in hillforts and duns, drawn from Britain and Ireland. (there are about 3,000 hill forts known in Britain)


During the later Iron Age the Gauls generally wore long-sleeved shirts or tunics and long trousers. Clothes were made of wool or linen, with some silk being used by the rich. The most famous item of jewellery was the torc, a neck collar of metal, (sometimes gold). The horned Waterloo Helmet in the British Museum, is the last one left, and may have been a piece for celebration rather than army wear.


Celtic art is the art combined with the people known as Celts. Typically, Celtic art is ornamental, avoiding straight lines and only occasionally using symmetry. (Mostly with symbolism.) Celtic art has used a variety of styles and has shown things from other cultures in their key patterns, lettering, plant forms and human figures.

Tribal warfare appears to have been a regular feature of Celtic societies. The Celts were described as fighting like "wild beasts", and as hordes. At one moment they would raise their swords aloft throwing the whole weight of their bodies into the blow like men digging with axes (and other weapons), and again they would deliver crosswise blows aimed at no target.

Where were the Celts located

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