The Celtic Source Public Archive

Online resources for Celtic history, myth and culture listed by topic in chronological order.

I've only included videos that reflect the most recent thinking. As a result, there are obvious gaps.

 If you know of any videos that could be included here, please get in touch. 

Celtic Origins
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Celts from the West

Prof. Barry Cunliffe was one of the first to propose the Celts originated on the Atlantic seaboard of Europe, and not in Central Europe. This talk sets out the main pieces of evidence. 

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New DNA Evidence for Celtic Origins

Prof. David Reich explaining why new research into ancient human DNA disproves the standard model of human migration in Europe. Reich's book, Who We Are And How We Got Here is a fascinating challenge to many assumptions about early human history. In this video, the main ideas are summarised from 17:05 onwards. A full lecture on the research (but very technical and not for the faint-hearted) can be found here.

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Bell Beaker Culture and Steppe DNA

Prof. Reich once again explaining European population changes in the early Bronze Age, with two important components: the widespread culture of the Bell Beaker religion through Western Europe and the sudden replacement of the earlier Neolithic peoples of Britain and Ireland with a population descended from the Yamnaya people of the Southern Russia Steppe. 

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Proto-Indo-European and the Yamnaya Culture

Dr Kenneth W. Harl outlines the theory of Proto Indo-European as it currently stands. After 17:00 he focuses on Indo-Iranian but the first part of the video is as good an introduction as any.

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Thinking about Indo-European and Celtic Myths in the 2nd and 3rd Millenia

Alongside Prof. Barry Cunliffe, Dr John T. Koch also believes there is good evidence to suggest the Celts originated in the West. In this 2016 lecture he reviews the evidence current at that time and alludes to how it could influence our understanding of Celtic myth.

The Bronze Age 
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Britain's Bronze Age Mummies - Time Team Special

There are gaps in historians' knowledge of the strange rituals, death rites and beliefs from 2500BC, when Britain entered the Bronze Age.

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The Bronze Age Archaeology of Scotland

Maya Hoole, Heritage Directorate, an expert in the archaeology of Bronze Age Scotland, presents important finds.

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Flag Fenn Bronze Age Complex - Time Team Special

The Team travel back to the Bronze Age to Flag Fenn in Cambridgeshire. The fenland bog is home to one of the most important archaeological 'wet-sites' in the country.

The Iron Age 
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Danebury Iron Age Hillfort Reconstruction

Clothing, tools and the shape of daily life.

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Family Life in the Iron Age

One man's perspective on what daily life may have been life. Good backgorund information.

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Iron Age Crafts

A quick introduction to crafts and technologies of the Iron Age.

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The Iron Age - In Our Time (radio programme)

The arrival of the European Iron Age, in around 1000 BC, was a time of huge social as well as technological change. New civilisations arose, the landscape was transformed, and societies developed new cultures and lifestyles.

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Iron Age Hillforts - Time Team Special

Time Team regulars present a radical picture of the British Iron Age, concentrating on the charismatic hillforts which litter our islands. This period was virtually ignored by our antiquarian forebears, who were more interested in the Roman conquest of Britain.

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Iron Age Brochs of Scotland

The enigmatic and highly advanced stone architechture of the far north.

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Iron Age and Early Medieval Activity at Irish Hillforts

Although there is little definitive evidence for hillfort construction in Ireland beyond the Late Bronze Age, some sites were re-occupied during the Iron Age and Early Medieval period, with societies marking them as important contemporary centres. Others gained mythological connections to other-worldly figures rooted in the ‘heroic past’.

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