Uploaded by MILITARY HISTORY 2015. The Military History of Ancient Celts and Ancient Normans. The Celts were one of the most important civilisations of Europe. At the height of their power, the Celts had conquered Central Europe, France, Spain and the British Isles. The source of their military success lay in their use of finely made iron weaponry.
Descendants of the Vikings, the Normans were one of the most successful warrior groups of the Middle Ages, conquering the French coast and England.
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The Celts or Kelts were an ethnolinguistic group of tribal societies in Iron Age and Medieval Europe who spoke Celtic languages and had a similar culture.
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The Normans were the people who gave their name to Normandy, a region in northern France.
Much of what we know of ancient history is the history of militaries: their conquests, their movements, and their technological innovations. There are many reasons for this. Kingdoms and empires, the central units of control in the ancient world, could only be maintained through military force. Due to limited agricultural ability, there were relatively few areas that could support large communities, so fighting was common.
Weapons and armor, designed to be sturdy, tended to last longer than other artifacts, and thus a great deal of surviving artifacts recovered tend to fall in this category as they are more likely to survive. Weapons and armor were also mass-produced to a scale that makes them quite plentiful throughout history, and thus more likely to be found in archaeological digs. .