Before the Celts: Cosmology, Landscape and Folklore in Neolithic Northwest Iberia

Authors: Parracho Silva, F.

Journal: Culture and Cosmos

Volume: 22

Issue: 1

Pages: 29-45

Publisher: Sophia Centre Press

ISSN: 1368-6534


This paper applies a combined landscape and skyscape archaeology methodology to the study of megalithic passage graves in the North-west of the Iberian Peninsula, in an attempt to glimpse the cosmology of these Neolithic Iberians. The reconstructed narrative is found to be supported also by a toponym for a local mountain range and associated folklore, providing an interesting methodology that might be applied in future Celtic studies. The paper uses this data to comment on the ‘Celticization from the West’ hypothesis that posits Celticism originated in the European Atlantic façade during the Bronze Age. If this is the case, then the Megalithic phenomenon that was widespread along the Atlantic façade would have immediately preceded the first Celts.

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