To continue to bring back the subject of the reliability factor to
"things Celtic", here is something that I have not brought to this
forum, but have discussed elsewhere:
Almost everything in this article is wrong, from the dating of burial to
the significance of the feast. This is no "pet theory" of mine, and the
primary evidence (which is irrefutable) for the truth of my statement
lies in the photograph. At first, I thought that I was the only person
to spot it, but thanks to a "whistle blower" on the excavation team who
wrote to me privately, the truth of the matter started to become
"fleshed out". It turned out that one other person had also spotted it
-- Dr. Ian Stead, but he told the excavators that he wanted no part of
it and refused to allow himself to be quoted in the excavation reports.
At this point in the narrative I have to ask myself if I should tell, or
just leave it as a puzzle to be solved. When I pondered, once, about the
real value and purpose of studying the past, a friend, who is an
emeritus professor of history in the U.S. told me that the purpose was
to "exercise the mind and delight the senses". I suspect that this is
true, so I will leave it as a puzzle with the hope that it will provide
exercise and delight to others.
When I read the newspaper today, I see dead people. I see vampires feeding on my country. I have no power to make them stop. What I can do, however, is to shine a light on them.
Phil Agre, Former prof. of information studies, UCLA
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