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Ruteni coin, 5th-1st century BCE
A map of Gaul in the 1st century BCE, showing the relative positions of the Celtic tribes

The Ruteni ("The blond ones") were a tribe of Gaul.[1] They were located in the modern region of Aveyron,[2] and were known as producers of lead.[3]

The area was inhabited previously to this, boasting many prehistoric ruins including over 1,000 Dolmens - more than any other department in France.[citation needed]


  1. ^ An historical geography of France by Xavier de Planhol, Paul Claval p.10 [1]
  2. ^ Sivan, H., R. Mathisen, R. Talbert, S. Gillies, T. Elliott, J. Becker. "Places: 138546 (Ruteni)". Pleiades. Retrieved June 12, 2015.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Ancient Rome at Work: An Economic History of Rome from the Origins to the Empire by Paul Louis p.180 [2]