This week it was announced that celts were not a single genetic group. Total shocker. The results suggested that most of England was historically inhabited by a single (possibly Anglo-Saxon) genetic group. However, the fringe populations (in Cornwall, Wales, Ireland and Scotland) seemed much less related. Celts were not a people.
If anything, ‘celtic’ culture is a catch-all term, used to refer to groups who never saw themselves as united. Hell, the term was coined by the Ancient Greeks, who probably weren’t aficionados on culture on the other side of Europe. It has since been used by people who nostalgise for a time that never was.
So please, can we stop it with all the ‘celtic’ stuff now?