Thanks, David! Especially for the link to the news about the possible new Viking site.
That is fabulous. I will try to watch the PBS program.
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On Mar 31, 2016, at 8:00 PM, DSA2003 <dsa2003(a)iinet.net.au>
The Picts who were the inhabitants of Orkney before the Vikings, are generally regarded
as a Celtic people. But who were the people who built the Ness of Brodgar Temple, the
village of Skara Brae etc, some 5,000 years ago ago is not known.
However, the point I was trying to make yesterday with my reference to the Ness of
Brodgar and the “origins of the Irish” article, was that new archaeological research is
up-ending previous ideas as to direction in which culture flowed in ancient times.
Previously, it was taken as a given that things developed in the Mediterranean and moved
northwards through Europe. But now we’re seeing that there were great goings-on in the
north-west of Europe in prehistoric times and the cultural influences were moving
southwards. One line of speculation for the demise of the Ness of Brodgar temple is the
advent of the Bronze Age leading to the centre of political/religious power moving south,
closer to the sources of tin (Cornwall) and copper (Cork and Kerry) which are needed to
Back to the Vikings: there is news today that what appears to be another Viking site has
been found in Newfoundland, several hundred miles further south from L’Anse aux Meadows
which was discovered in the 1960s.
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Subject: Re: Re: FERMANAGH-GOLD Fwd: Origins of the Irish -- not Celtic?
LOVE reading about the stuff on Orkney. I was just there this past
September. Unfortunately the excavation at Ness of Brodgar was closed
for the season, so I'll just have to go back!
However the Orkney islanders are/were not Celts. They never spoke a
Celtic language. Instead they were influenced by Vikings and Picts.
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