Celts and Germans in the first century BC in Bohemia and Central Europe
• (Principal) Investigator:
Doc.PhDr. Vladimír Salač, CSc.
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Late La Tene; Roman period; cultural and ethnic change; 87Sr/86Sr method

At the beginning of the first century BC the Celtic civilisation was flourishing in C. Europe, while at the end of the same century the German culture was firmly established in the same area. This fundamental change has still not been convincingly explained. One of the reasons for this is the fact that in Bohemia, the decline of the La Tcne civilisation and the beginnings of the Roman period have hitherto been considered only in isolation. This project will, in contrast, investigate both cultures,and concentrate on the transition between them – on the La Tcne tradition and elements in artefacts of the Roman period, La Tcne objects in Germanic graves, and the establishment of La Tcne settlements in the Early Roman period. The project will also seek to resolve questions of population exchange. With the aid of strontium isotope observations from the earliest graves of the Roman period it will be possible to determine whether these individuals grew up in Bohemia, or whether they came from.

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