- May 2016
I assume that “they” are the Celts, and I continue to doubt that they were the only ones in the period that we are mentioning. After all there were Germanic tribes around there too.I never said they were the first or the only ones. I said they were the only ones in the time period we're talking about, that is, the Greco-Roman period.
There were Celts in the Iberian Peninsula, we don’t have any doubts of that, even quite far from the Meseta. The issue that I brought was that is disputable that the populi that the Romans called Celtiberians were “Iberized” Celts, meaning Iberians, or “Celtized” Iberians, meaning Celts. The main trend is that they were “Celtized” Iberians, meaning Celts, but that is still an open field of research, as far as I know.We know that Celtiberians are Celts because of inscriptions of their language and the spread of the Hallstatt and La Tene cultures to Spain. Obviously they were not the same as the Gauls or the Britons and one can say they were not "pure" Celts but they're still culturally Celtic.
I don’t know what “pure” Celts are in this context.
Anyway, my comment was a minor correcting regarding two cities: Numantia (Celtiberian, that could be or not Celt), and Saguntum that was Iberian and not Celt. The Iberians also can be considered a civilization on its own terms.
The members of extinct site “Arqueotavira.com”, from the archaeological field of Tavira (Portugal), made a good map of the pre-Roman Iberian peninsula, widely reproduced in the net (see bottom).
I didn’t say you were wrong, or right. I said it is doubtful. So, I request a source on this.The Latin word "mine" is of Celtic origin and the Romans learned to make swords, chainmail and javelins from them. The earliest iron mining in Western Europe seems to be by the Celts.
Did anything that I posted previously questioned that Ancient Egypt was a Civilization?So Sumer did (barely), but not Egypt so the point about sewer systems still stands, unless we now say that Egypt is not a civilisation now.
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