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The golden "great torque" from the Snettisham hoard in Norfolk. An example of Iron Age Celtic art now in the British Museum.

Triple spiral, celtic triskele is sometimes called the spiral of life.  It was found in Newgrange site in Bronze age (or older) Ireland.  It remained in Celtic  art for 3,000 years.  Celts believed all life moved in eternal cycles, regenerating at each point.  All important things came in three phases:  birth, death and rebirth.  Mind, body & spirit.

Triple spiral, celtic triskele is sometimes called the spiral of life. All important things came in three phases: birth, death and rebirth.

The Battersea Shield was found in the area around Chelsea Bridge, London.    Dated to 350 BC, it seems that an object this elaborate would belong to a member of the warrior elite or even a Celtic chief.    The Battersea shield is from the La Tene era which is characterised by the spirals, circles, interwoven knots and lattices that remain in modern Celtic art.

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The Battersea Shield was found in the area around Chelsea Bridge, London. Dated to 350 BC, the Battersea shield is from the La Tene era which is characterized by the spirals, circles, interwoven knots and lattices that remain in modern Celtic art.

A page from one of the many old books proposing theories of how Celtic art was created. At the next to top line, both the swastika (four armed) and triskele (three armed) are very prominent.

A page from one of the many old books proposing theories of how Celtic art was created. At the next to top line, both the swastika (four armed) and triskele (three armed) are very prominent.

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