Celts and Greeks
The Early Iron Age in northern Europe coincided with a high point in Greek culture. The Greeks had founded colonies in the Mediterranean area in Italy, the south of France and Spain. Trade flourished and the Celtic populations of central Europe were drawn into the sphere of activity of the Greeks. Greek luxury items found their way to the central European princes, but links with the regions farther north were weak. In the period 500-200 BC the north was by and large cut off from southern Europe. Exotic ornamental objects from southern Europe rarely found their way to these latitudes.