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2,200-year-old Celtic village discovered in Hungary


Traces of a Celtic village have been discovered in Debrecen, the regional capital of Hungary's of Northern Great Plain region, according to an announcement by the Deri Museum.

2,200-year-old Celtic village discovered in Hungary
Aerial view of the site showing excavated houses [Credit: Andriko Lajos,
Deri Museum, Pelta Bt]




Archaeologists from the museum made the discovery during a rescue excavation prior to a construction project in the area of the Tocoskert housing estate, at the end of Derek Street.

The late Iron Age village, probably dating to the third-second centuries BC, occupies approximately 8,000-square-metre on the eastern bank of the Toco stream, which slopes slightly towards the watercourse.

2,200-year-old Celtic village discovered in Hungary
View of the excavation site [Credit: Andriko Lajos, 
Deri Museum, Pelta Bt]




2,200-year-old Celtic village discovered in Hungary
Aerial view of one of the excavated houses [Credit: Andriko Lajos, 
Deri Museum, Pelta Bt]


Archaeologists have managed to excavate several rectangular houses, measuring twelve to thirteen square feet in area, as well as numerous artefacts, including ceramics, objects made of bone, iron and clay, as well as the remains both domesticated and wild animals.


"We found the remains of an Iron Age Celtic settlement. So far, I think that seven Celtic houses have been found, which is especially interesting because we don't know much about the Celtic settlement in the Debrecen area at the moment", said Janos Dani, the deputy director of archaeology at the Deri Museum.


"We remove and pack everything professionally, object by object, then transport it to our warehouse, where it is washed, then restored, and the more interesting pieces will be exhibited," explained Rita Deak, the museum's excavating archaeologist.


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