Hi Anelle, hi all,
> From: CELTIC-L - The Celtic Culture List.
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Anelle Kloski
> Would it be fair to say that the fairhaired Celts of today have
> already been genetically confused beyond recognition?
No, it wouldn`t, as this would require us to assume that something like
"genetically pure" Celts ever existed in the first place, which would
require that Celtic culture would be somehow connected to a biological
basis, which is utter nonsense, as culture is a non-biological concept by
> For every
> fairhaired Irish or Scottish person I know, there is a smaller,
> darker, Pictish looking person.
Well, as far as it seems, it is rather likely that virtually all fairhaired
Irish or Scottish persons actually have a Viking influence in their
ancestry, and that the "original" Irish or Scots are actually those which
look, as you call it, "Pictish".
> Has it been decided if Picts are actually of Celtic origin?
> I know I have read speculation along these lines, but do not know
> if that theory is accepted.
As far as can be said, Pictish culture is belonging to the larger group of
Celtic cultures, however we might like to define "Celtic cultures" in the
Raimund Karl <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Research Fellow for European Archaeology
Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies
National Library of Wales
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Cymru, UK