april asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 month ago

Why did the Celtic sword have such a distinct form? How far west did this design travel? What and where did these swords first appear?

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  • xyzzy
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    1 month ago
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    The "Celtic sword" or more properly early iron age sword seems to come from the Celtic Hallstatt C culture in the 8th century BC which figured among the early users of iron. During the Hallstatt period, the same swords were made both in bronze and in iron. The iron swords were work-hardened, rather than quench-hardened, which made them about the same or only slightly better in terms of strength and hardness to earlier bronze swords. This meant that they could still be bent out of shape during use. The easier production, however, and the greater availability of the raw material allowed for much larger scale production. . At the end of the Hallstatt period, around 600–500BC, swords were replaced with short daggers. The La Tene culture reintroduced the sword, which was very different from the traditional shape and construction of the Bronze Age and early Iron Age.

  • 1 month ago

    It didn't travel west at all, I'm afraid. It couldn't. Something to with the purity of the iron, or something. Interactions with the Earth's magnetic field, and all that, so that these swords could only travel north, south and east. Damn.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    There is no "Celtic" sword style, there are various Iron Age swords.

    The La Tène culture introduced the sword, these developed into swords used by Celts among others.

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