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Secret treasure of Kelts

July 11, 2012

Great skills of Celtic goldsmiths are embedded in this collar from about 75 BC. Neither Greek nor Roman or Chinese artisans from the same period were able to create objects of this complexity.

Maybe superiority of Celtic metal technology sprung from their social structure. Celtic women had nearly the same rights as men. They had an important role in the society, engaging even in military and political activities of the clan. Celtic females could inherit property and divorce, while their more civilised Roman contemporaries were perceived as mere objects of pater familias.

The Great Torc was buried together with a bracelet. However wore it, had to be very important, since it weights just above one kilogram. This Iron Age masterpiece can be admired in the British Museum.

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