The large number of bracelets and pieces of glass suggest that the place may have been an epicenter for the production of glass by the Celts.
Excavations carried out in Nemcice, in the Czech Republic, allowed archaeologists to confirm the presence of the oldest glass workshop north of the Alps.
The large number of bracelets and pieces of glass found at this site, considered one of the most important settlements of the La Tène period (3rd-2nd century BC), suggests that the site may have been an epicenter for Celt glass production.
“No one yet knows exactly how the Celts made glass bangles,” says lead author Ivan Cizmar of the Institute for Archaeological Heritage in Brno. “That’s why we were interested in anything that told us something about production technology,” he added.
In the research, published in the journal Antiquity, it is claimed that this is the first and oldest documented glass workshop north of the Alps, and the excavations were intended to find traces of essential production elements and equipment for the transformation of glass.
Although no tools were found to create or shape the glass, a mix of whole and partially whole glass products were discovered, indicating that the glass was indeed produced at the site.
During the excavation, not only glass beads and bracelets were found, but also pieces of amber. This confirms that the complex was associated with multiple production materials, making it even more regionally important.