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La Tène

Pronunciation: /la ˈtɛn/


[usually as modifier] Archaeology
The second cultural phase of the European Iron Age, following the Hallstatt period (circa 480 bc) and lasting until the coming of the Romans. This culture represents the height of Celtic power, being characterized by hill forts, rich and elaborate burials, and distinctively crafted artefacts.
Example sentences
  • It was superseded by the late Iron Age Celtic La Tène culture, named after an archaeological site near Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
  • Every undisturbed, high status burial found on the Continent from the late Hallstatt and early La Tène periods contains feasting and drinking equipment.
  • By the 3rd century BC aspects of a common La Tène Celtic culture were established throughout Europe, stretching from Ireland to Romania and Hungary.


Late 19th century: named after a district in Switzerland, where remains of the culture were first identified.

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