> From: CELTIC-L - The Celtic Culture List.
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Le Bateman
> Can someone tell me where the ancestral homeland of the Celts was.
No, and whoever tells you he can is cheating. In fact, no one knows where
the "ancestral homeland" of the Celts was, and actually, if one existed at
The most commonly held opinion is that it would be somewhere in central
Europem, stretching from east France over southern Germany to western
Austria and Bohemia, but that at best is an educated guess and has lately
been heavily criticised.
> The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles The Parker Manuscript mentioned that the
> Bretons came from Armenia and the Picts and Scots were Scythia.
Which botgh is a medieval legend which has nothing at all to do with facts.
The Bretons, for instance, came documentably from Roman Britain in the 4th
to 5th century AD. And that the Picts and Scots should have come from
Scythia is based on a folk etymology noting the similarity between the terms
Scotia (Scotland) and Scythia.
> of the Danube River Region where Herodotus said the Keltoi lived.
It is one of the possible places where Celtic Culture could have originated.
> Weren't the Gauls who settled in what is modern day France also
Raimund Karl <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Research Fellow for European Archaeology
Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies
National Library of Wales
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Cymru, UK