In the first half of the period stretching from the 8th century BCE to the time of the Roman conquest, the lands to the east of the River Danube became part of the eastern steppe-culture area. Relics characteristic of these centuries are the Scythian golden stags that have come to light. It was at this time that Transdanubia became home to people belonging to the Central European Hallstatt culture. The finest examples of their handicrafts work are urns with painted decoration that have been found in burial mounds. In the fourth century BCE, the entire territory of present-day Hungary was conquered by the Celts. A small bronze sculpture of a wild boar found at Báta testifies to the developed nature of their ironwork and their goldsmiths’ art.

interesting facts:

The Celts were the only people to arrive in the Carpathian Basin from the west during this period.
Stag figures in relief that were made from electrum (an alloy of gold and silver) served as shield embellishments. A careful look at the stag from Tápiószentmárton reveals another animal between its antlers.