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The Celtic Tribes of the Alps

Les provinces romaines Alpes Graies et Poenines. Fondation Pierre Gianadda Martigny, Photo: TES.

The Alpine chain was divided from north to south In ancient times: the Alps Poenines (Alpes Poeninae), the Alps Graies (Alpes Graiae), the Alps Cottiennes (Alpes Cottiae) and the Alps Maritimes (Alpes Maritimes). The Graies and Poenines Alps extended over different Celtic regions and peoples. The Graies include the Tarentaise, the Beaufortain and the Haut-Faucigny. … Read more » “The Celtic Tribes of the Alps”

Celtic Culture in the Alpine Region

Replica of a Celtic village. Photo: www.heuneburg.de

Switzerland and its rivers, roads and mountain passes have always been on the crossroads of European trade, ideas, culture and communication. Several Celtic tribes inhabited this area long before the Roman invasion (c. 15-13 B.C.). The Celtic culture and society have been upgraded by archaeological finds from the nineteenth century onward. The tribes were ruled … Read more » “Celtic Culture in the Alpine Region”

Swiss Made Amber

The Amber Route during the Roman Empire. Photo: Wikipedia.

The Greeks, Romans, Celtic and other European peoples highly valued amber, a precious stone. Archeological amber finds are made throughout Europe. The finds date from the older stone age ( c .10000-4000 BC), the later stone Age (c. 4000-1800 BC), the Bronze Age (c. 1800-500 BC) and Greek and Roman times. The Roman (provincial) elite … Read more » “Swiss Made Amber”