Poignard/dagger/Dolch, 200-100 BC. Photo/Bild: TES.

La Tène , Neuchatel and Celts

Not much is known about the Celts. The main sources are Greek and Latin authors and archaeological finds. They show that the Celts are a name for many tribes that inhabited Central and Southern Europe from about 1 300 BC, including the area of present-day Switzerland.

The Celts have never been a political unity.Due to the Romanisation in and after the first century this language has disappeared.

Two periods are distinguished. The Hallstatt period or the first Iron Age (1300-400 B.C.) and the La Tène period of the Second Iron Age (400 BC – the Roman occupation) and the incorporation into the Roman Empire around 15 B.C.

Hallstatt is named after a place in Austria. La Tène is the area near Neuchâtel. Lake dwelling houses and many Celtic objects were found. The museum Laténium shows this historty.  The name is derived from La Tène.

A beautiful monument on the shores of Lake Neuchâtel is a reminder us of this era.

The memorial, seven times enlarged original, is a faithful representation of a Celtic artefact, which probably had a religious meaning.

La Tène and Neuchâtel are world-famous, at least among historians.