This conversation has been designed for those interested to know more and understand the earliest origins of these European people, named by the Ancient Greeks, the Keltoi (Κελτοί). In order to do so, we will mainly discuss archaeologists' discoveries since the late 19th century, how they now analyze these artifacts, and how they reconstruct the past life, society, economy, and religions of these people.
Among the incredible discoveries done these past decades, we will cover among others the cart tombs of Hochdorf (Germany) and Vix (France), dated back from the Hallstatt period or 1st Iron Age (c. 6th cent. BCE). In this last place, archaeologists have unearthed what is considered the largest Greek vessel ever found. It was discovered in a female Celtic tomb in the middle of nowadays France, Burgundy region.
Moving forward into time, we will then travel to Southern France to understand how this society evolved during the 2nd Iron Age (La Tène period) into the famous Gauls who fought against the Roman consul Jules Cesar in the middle of the 1st century BCE. Several archaeological sites (Entremont, Roquepertuse, and more) will be chosen, studied, and analyzed–some of which our expert has excavated during his career. These sites will bring to life the social organization and the religion of these people, a religion partly connected to druidism.
Led by Guillaume Durand Ph.D., an expert in ancient history, ancient art, and archeology of the Mediterranean Basin. Guillaume has spent his 20 past years excavating in France, Greece, and Romania archaeological sites connected to the respective native people of these regions. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come with an increased knowledge of the roots of the European culture during Antiquity and a sharp appreciation of how the newest trends in the field of Archaeology bring to life a more vivid and accurate image of this population.
About Your Expert
Passionate about the regions and countries at the crossroad of civilizations, Guillaume Durand Ph.D. has long standing expertise in Ancient art and archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean Basin. Assistant dean and professor in archaeology and art history at the Institute for American Universities and the American College of the Mediterranean in Aix-en-Provence, France, Guillaume has traveled many times in Iran during these six past years in order to study the Persian Empires. He is also a tourist guide / lecturer in this country for French citizens.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.
Very interesting look at Celtic society, traditions, art, and migration over time, with great visuals of maps, artifacts, and archaeological reconstructions. As usual Dr Durand steered us through a complicated topic with energy and enthusiasm.
Dr D is both charming and very knowledgeable. The beginning of the presentation went a bit too fast for my taste as I like to get situated, especially with time frames a d geographical locations. It was all there but a lot of detail to cover right away. From thee Dr D slowed down and covered in detail names, dates, locales, and symbols as well as archaeological findings and their implications. Fascinating!
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Another really excellent seminar from Professor Durand helping us to discover the historical, geographical, social, cultural and archaeological story of the Ancient Celts.
The presenter did a good job illuminating a large topic in a short time. I feel I learned a lot.