Gold Bulletin

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 144–155 | Cite as

Goldwork of the iron age in ‘Barbarian’ Europe

  • Christiane Eluère
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Archaeological and technological evidence, and texts of classical authors have made it possible to construct a picture of the art of gold working during the Iron Age in many places in Europe from which no locally written records exist. Influences from oriental and mediterranean cultures are discussed.


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General publications:

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Catalogues of exhibitions:

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Articles on specific subjects:

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© World Gold Council 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christiane Eluère
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  1. 1.Musèe des Antiquités NationalesSt-Germain-en-LayeFrance

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