The Celts in Iberia


Jan van der Crabben
by Alberto J. Lorrio and Gonzalo Ruiz Zapater
published on 20 December 2011

A general overview of the study of the Celts in the Iberian Peninsula is offered from a critical perspective. First, we present a brief history of research and the state of research on ancient written sources, linguistics, epigraphy and archaeological data. Second, we present a different hypothesis for the “Celtic” genesis in Iberia by applying a multidisciplinary approach to the topic. Finally, on the one hand an analysis of the main archaeological groups (Celtiberian, Vetton, Vaccean, the Castro Culture of the northwest, Asturian-Cantabrian and Celtic of the southwest) is presented, while on the other hand we propose a new vision of the Celts in Iberia, rethinking the meaning of “Celtic” from a European perspective.

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Written by Alberto J. Lorrio and Gonzalo Ruiz Zapater, linked by Jan van der Crabben, published 20 December 2011. Source URL:

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Zapater, A. J. L. A. G. R. (2011, December 20). The Celts in Iberia. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Zapater, Alberto J. L. A. G. R. "The Celts in Iberia." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 20 Dec 2011. Web. 10 Dec 2018.

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