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Celts in the Rhineland

Since 5 June, the new treasure chamber at the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn

The new exhibition "Celts in the Rhineland" causes the lost culture of the Celts around the unique grave treasures of the Celtic Princess of Waldalgesheim to come alive again. The highlights of the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn's internationally important collection of Celtic objects are on display here. This comprises thousands of findings that date from the time between 500 B.C. up to Caesar's campaigns of conquest in the Rhineland from 58 to 51 B.C. Among the world's most important Celtic works of art we find bronze drinking sets and unusually decorated gold jewelry as burial objects for the afterlife from princely graves in Weiskirchen, Wallerfangen, and Waldalgesheim. In the vicinity of these graves stone monuments once stood that were adorned with faces, such as the Pfalzfeld Column, to commemorate the wealthy personages laid to rest here. This wealth had been hard won Europe-wide through the trade of Celtic products. The exhibition airs the secret surrounding the highly developed Celtic methods for iron mining and processing, presenting them with illustrative examples. Likewise, materials that are otherwise only rarely preserved and demand all the expertise the restorers can summon, play a significant role in the new presentation. Wooden equipment such as the Rhineland's oldest wagon wheel, a toy sword, and a clothespin allow for fascinating glimpses into the everyday life of the Celts in the Rhineland 2,000 years ago. However, they also succumbed to the same fate as many other peoples in Europe: Roman and Celtic weapons dating from the time of Caesar's campaigns of conquest herald their imminent downfall.

Although the Celts under Ambiorix, King of the Celtic tribe of the Eburones, were initially successful at warding off the conquest of their world, nevertheless ultimately they were forced to surrender to Rome's military machinery. And yet, for centuries Celtic culture lived on along the Rhine and Mosel. The conquerors from Rome were fascinated by the people they had conquered and thus, integrated elements of their daily life, religion, and art into their own Roman culture.


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