The Henri Prades museum - Lattara archaeological site presents its new exhibition "Gaulois? Gaulois! How archeology perceives Celtic identities" from November 20, 2021 to July 4, 2022!
On the occasion of this exhibition, objects from Southern Gaul (Eastern Languedoc, Provence) and Central-Eastern Gaul will be mobilized in order to question, through material culture, the notions of Celtic identities during the second Iron Age (3rd-1st century BC), without obscuring the limits of the exercise.
The period chosen is a period of transition marked by changes in the dynamics of settlement which reinforce the ethnogenesis of the Gallic peoples, whose names we discover in literary sources from the 2nd century. av. Our era. It is also marked by variations in the intensity and modalities of contacts with the Mediterranean world, itself shaken up by the Roman expansion.
These two aspects invite us to look at the presence of similar objects from North to South and the factors that may explain it (cultural interactions, economic exchanges, political contacts or identity strategy, etc.).
They also allow us to question the impact of repeated contacts with Rome, between opportunistic appropriation of features of Romanity, adhesion to a new cultural model and resilience of Gallic identity, before the recasting of the Gauls under the aegis of Augustus. .
The course questions the notion of Celtic identity, or rather Celtic identities, by emphasizing the originality of the "Mediterranean Celtic" as well as its belonging to a larger whole.