Hi All,

Just a small note on the Galatian thread (about which I know very
little, I hasten to addd):
St. Jerome seems to have written on the Celts in Galatia in the fourth
century AD.  I'm assuming this is in his book on Places (Liber Locorum)
but my source only mentions that he mentions the Celts in 'his works'
(it's not a great source, really).  Apparently, Jerome says that a
Celtic dialect was still being spoken there in his time.
If this is true, it means that:
A - The Galatian Celts had survived as a recogniseable group in Galatia
since the 3rd century BC and had maintainmed their language until at
least the fourth century AD.
B - Jerome (or someone) must have had some way of recognising what a
Celtic dialect sounded like.  This strikes me as quite amazing.  Could a
non-linguist today identify Breton with Scots Gaelic?  I wonder how
Jerome knew this piece of information.  Perhaps someone with a copy of
Jerome's works can clue us in on what he actually says.

Incidentally, the presence of Galatian Celts in Turkey was still being
noted on maps of Asia made in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries,
based on Jerome's attestation.  The so-called 'Jerome Map' (British
Library additional 10049 f. 64) shows them on the southern shore of the
Black Sea, squeezed up between Phrygia and Nicomedia - but the scale and
general layout of the map are very strange, as is common with medieval
maps.   See P. D. A Harvey, Medieval Maps (British Library 1991) p. 72.


Stephen McKenzie, Adelaide.

Raimund Karl wrote:

> Hi Marie, hi all,
>> From: marie [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>> What result on finds would the tendency to build over useful or
>> defensible sites have? M.
> Actually, quite little. Settlement sites in Turkey tend to be socalled
> "tells", which means that they are artifical hills that came into existence
> by building new houses over the ruins of the old ones. The result from this
> is that at the site where I was doing some survey two years ago, at
> Buyuknefes (ancient Tavium), the main settlement mound is  28 meters high,
> and covers an area of almost one square kilometer.
> Thus, while earlier layers of course are not preserved in full, sufficent
> material should remain to find more than enough La Tene material (which
> would be what one would expect of at least early Galatian material) quite
> easily, if it is there. However, as far as can be said as yet, it seems to
> be, with some very rare exceptions, to be mostly absent.
> This problem even exists in sites which were not built over after the
> Galatian period in Turkey - Gordion, for instance, is such an example.
> Gordion was well within Galatian territory, was not resettled after Manlius
> conquered it in 189 BC, and the excavations carried out there have recovered
> a 3rd and 2nd century BC layers, but no La Tene material has been found
> there.
> So, basically, we are left with about 10 finds of "true" La Tene material in
> Asia Minor, of which 7 are Iron fibulas of Middle La Tene form, and 3 are
> gold torques, where one could already discuss wether they are really "La
> Tene" torques or but simple gold neck rings without any real connection to
> the typical La Tene material one would like to see.
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