Iron Age Celts in the Territory of Ukraine and Their Influence on the Cultures of Local Population During Third Century BC to the First Century AD. Where Gauls and Scythians Met and Mingled

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This fascinating study is devoted to the Iron Age Celtic presence in the territory of ancient Scythia and European Sarmatia (today’s Ukraine and nearby regions of Moldova, Russia and Belorus). It provides careful attention to the Celtic-Slavic relationship as it impacts cultural influences and adaptations of the indigenous populations of that time and area.


“The Eastern European culture of the 3rd c. BC-1st c. AD appears to be a highly complicated mixture of indigenous and foreign elements…How did those cultural transitions affect the further development of the Eastern European population? Anyone who is interested in finding the answers concerning the traces of the Celtic presence in Europe’s own ‘Far East’ will be well rewarded by a reading of this book.”
-Professor I. Patryliak,
Dean of the Faculty of History,
Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv, Ukraine

“This book is dedicated to the study of the evidence relating to the presence of the Celtic tribes in the territory of Southern and Central Eastern Europe, especially the territory of the present day Ukraine…a well-researched monograph that will make a definite contribution to the study of the presence of the Celts in the territory of modern-age Ukraine and surrounding territories and will be of interest and use to specialists in archaeology, classical history, early migrations and inter-cultural contact in 3rd c. BC – 1st c. AD.”
-Dr. Maxim Fomin,
Senior Lecturer in Celtic Studies,
Ulster University

“This new book is a brilliant survey of archaeological vestiges of the Iron Age “Celtic” presence in the territory of modern Ukraine, and their influences on the local cultures of this vast area in 3rd c.BC-1st c.AD…The monograph contains valuable and informative illustrations…the book surveys views of archaeologist expressed in Russian and Ukrainian and thus makes these views known to the readers, who have no access to the works published in the USSR, Russia, Ukraine, or who do not have command of corresponding languages.”
-Dr. Alexander Falileyev,
Research Fellow,
Aberystwyth University, Wales

Table of Contents

Foreword by Prof. I. Patryliak

1. Debates on the Celtic identity and migrations
2. Sources
3. Acknowledgements
Part 1. The Celts in the territory of Ukraine and nearby regions: an outline
1. The La The La Tène settlements of the Upper Tisza area
2. Γαλαται in the North Pontic area and the problem of La Téne B2/C1 imports
3. Bastarnae, Κελτοσκύθαι and ‘Latènized’ communities eastward of the Carpathians
4. The Scabbard from Gryniv and its relations to the Gunderstrup cauldron iconography
5. The ‘Post-Celtic’ presence in the Eastern Europe and possible contacts between the Celts and Slavs
Part 2. The catalogue of the La Tène sites, imports and stray finds from the territory of Ukraine
1. The La Tène sites of the Upper Tisza area (Zakarpatska region)
2. The La Tène goods from the Kushtanovycia and Dacian burials of the Upper Tisza area (Zakarpatska region)
3. The La Tène sites and stray finds from the lands eastward of the Carpathians
Concluding remarks
Appendix 1: Chronological tables
Appendix 2: Glossary of the archaeological and historical terms

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