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The collection Late Iron Age at the Natural History museum Vienna houses c. 70.000 single celtic objects from Central Europe c. 450-15 BC.
In the course of the 5th century B.C., the younger part of the Iron Age marked the beginning of a new era, named after a sacrificial site in the village of La Tène in western Switzerland, which lasted until the turn of the millennium. The carriers of this Latène culture were the prehistoric Celts, whose numerous tribes fought with each other for supremacy.
Appr. 70.000 objects in the Natural History Museum Vienna collections stem from this time. A special highlight is the site of Roseldorf. There, a large celtic settlement and a sanctuary has been excavated.
Dr. Veronika Holzer
Support of research and material studies on the Laténe period collection. Expertise on Laténe period archaeological remains
Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure
Collection, conservation and research of material remains of human history of the younger Iron Age
Allocation to Core Facility
Work with original artifacts is subject to the Austrian law on the protection of historical monuments.
Sampling of objects is only possible in scientific cooperations.
Holzer V. (2018): NHM Research: Roseldorf – sanctuaries and rituals. In: K. Grömer, A. Kern (Hrsg.) Artifacts. Treasures oft he millennia, a guide through the prehistoric collection. Wien 2018, S. 264-271.