Join Date: Dec 2004
Thank you, Fernando, for starting this thread. Such magnificent objects. Most people readily notice the Roman and Moorish input on Iberian civilizations, but the Celtic roots are not so familiar. Unless, perhaps, they have journeyed through Galicia and Trás-os-montes and have heard tunes played on the gaita, or have seen the large cult figures of boars carved in stone that grace the praças and courtyards of many a village and town (like the famous Porco do Pelourinho in Bragança).
If, as historians say, the ancestral homeland of the Celts is somewhere in Eurasia, can we look at the falcata and also see the prototype of the yataghan that we associate with a much later time in Asia Minor and the Balkans?