Because of poorly thought out questions in the past, I want to make sure that my question wouldn't cause me even more trouble than I'm already in. I want to know what the biggest pre-Gaul/Celtic settlements in the region the Romans called Gallia Belgica around 1000 BC were as research for my book. Is that question on-topic?

More generally, are questions concerning location population numbers in a specific timeframe on topic?

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    I have only one vote, but I would probably upvote such a question.
    – MCW Mod
    Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 0:25
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    Seems like a good question to me.
    – Semaphore
    Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 11:01

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Based on the five upvotes to the two comments, I'm going to conclude that there is a consensus that these questions are on topic. (In reality, there are possibly as few as 3 upvotes, but I'm going to hazard that we still have a weak consensus).

In my opinion, this class of questions * Relies on historical records * results in a (relatively) clear answer. (All meaningful answers are estimates with a confidence interval). * Are useful in the practice and advancement of history.

Obviously the question will be most successful if we can pin down the time and geography; I think you've done that in the example.

Dissent invited, but I wanted to provide an answer rather than a comment.

  • I might have been tempted to "follow along with already established VtC's", but having come here first to request clarification will instead cause (enable?) me to support keeping it.
    – CGCampbell
    Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 16:01

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