Of or relating to a late Iron Age Celtic civilization dating from the fifth to the first century bc , influenced by contact with Mediterranean civilizations and flourishing throughout most of Europe north of the Alps until the Roman conquests.
(proper) Designating or of a Celtic Iron Age culture (c. 400-c. 15 b.c.) of central Europe, characterized by decorations in bronze, gold, and enamel on weapons, utensils, ornaments, etc.
Origin of la-tene
AfterLa Tène, a district at the eastern end of the Lake of Neuchâtel in Switzerland
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La-tene Sentence Examples
In art, these tribes possessed a native Late Celtic fashion, descended from far-off Mediterranean antecedents and more directly connected with the La-Tene culture of the continental Celts.
Not only are relics of La Tene culture found in Ireland, but the oldest Irish epics celebrate tall, fair-haired, grey-eyed heroes, armed and clad in Gallic fashion, who had come from the continent.
In the first period (Italic) cremation burials closely approximating to the Villanova type are found; in the second 1 (Venetian) the tombs are constructed of blocks of stone, and situlae (bronze buckets), sometimes decorated with elaborate designs, are frequently used to contain the cinerary urns; in the third (Gallic), which begins during the 4th centilry B.C., though cremation continues, the tombs are much poorer, the ossuaries being of badly baked rough clay, and show traces of Gallic influence, and characteristics of the La-Tene civilization.