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The Atrebates (pronounced at-re-bar-tays, after the Latin)

This was a British tribe that shared it's name with another tribe in pre-Roman France. This tribe was the second most powerful group in southern Britain at the time of the Roman Conquest. They issued and used coins, and had many contacts with France. They probably consisted of a group of family clans ruled by a single dynasty. Their territory originally stretched from what is today West Sussex, Hampshire and Berkshire. After the Roman Conquest, their territory was divided into civitates. The Atrebates had long links of trade with France and it is likely that people from the Atrebates were related by marriage to people from French tribes. The origin of the name Atrebates may have come from France. A French leader from the French Atrebates, Commius, fled to Britain during Julius Caesar's conquests of Gaul. Commius then appears as the name of the Atrebates ruler. From about 15 BC, the Atrebates seem to have established friendly relations with Rome, and it was an appeal for help from the last Atrebatic king, Verica, which provided Claudius with the pretext for the invasion on Britain in AD 43. After the Roman Conquest, the territory of the Atrebates was divided up, with Silchester (Calleva Atrebatum) becoming the capital of a Roman civitas the administered the area of modern Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and north Hampshire, and Chichester) controlling south Hampshire and part of West Sussex. The name Atrebates means 'settlers' or 'inhabitants'.

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Atrebates Living History Group

However, in the present day, it is the name of a living history group, based at Butser Ancient Farm, nr Petersfield. During the year they are involved with demonstrating Celtic skills, and talking to the public about this fascinating bit of British history.

If you wish to be part of the group, you will be required to join the 'Friends of Butser' but with no extra charges on top.

The Atrebate Tribe help with the experimental work at Butser, such as, assisting in the construction of buildings, making and using pottery kilns, and harvesting the experimental crops.
They have also taken part in film and TV work as 'extras' and 'set dressing'.

You will be guided and assisted in the making of your own costume, and given all the help you need to learn about Iron Age life.

You can learn a number of prehistoric skills, under experts at Butser.

You may also get the opportunity to 'live' in one of the round houses over some of the weekends, adding experience and understanding to your knowledge.

Membership is open to anyone who is interested. If you would like to join the group and try Celtic life, please contact The Atrebates for more information or check out the page on the GALLICA web site for dates to visit Butser Ancient Farm. Whole families most welcome, bring the kids!


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