>Just came across this article (January 2000) from the NZ press. Has anyone
>read any reviews of this book, or perhaps the book itself? Seems highly
> "Author claims Celts here before Maori"
> Waikato Times (New Zealand) 11 January 2000
> Pre-Maori people of Celtic origin built an astronomical observatory
> resembling Stonehenge in Northland, author Martin Doutre says.
For starters, why does Pre-Maori have to mean Celtic?
> The author of Ancient Celtic New Zealand, printed in Hong Kong late
> last month, says the Waitapu observatory at Aranga, near Maunganui
> Bluff north of Dargaville, displays the same star pattern as Stonehenge,
> and the Puketapu "cairn" observatory at Aranga is based on the same
> diameter as the Arbor Low Observatory of Derbyshire in England.
Dunno about Arbour Low, but the Celts didn't built Stonehenge, so there
goes that theory.
> Another local historian claims early New Zealand history is being
> hushed up to aid Treaty of Waitangi claims.
> Mr Doutre is an Auckland carpenter without formal qualifications in
> archaeology or astronomy.
These kind of articles, along with Celts built [insert North American
landmark here] usually, IMO, boil down to a form of racism based on
disbelief that dark-skinned people might have been capable of impressive
technological feats on their own. Therefore, there "must" have been an
invasion of smart light-skinned primitives at some point.
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