Justine Campbell, <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I wonder if anyone on the list can recommend a book which would
> catalog the color sequences of Celtic plaids. I am looking for the
> oldest known examples in history.
This may not be what you are actually looking for.
The oldest examples of plaids (Tartans?) currently
recorded is the plaid found by Schliemann at Ancient Troy,
Turkey and dated to 2500 BC, and the multiple items of
plaid material found by the Chinese and Taklimakan scholars
in the Gobi Desert and dated to 2000 BC.
I believe that the "Troy Plaid" material is currently at the
Pushkin Museum in Russia. It is about to go on a world tour
(excluding Germany and Turkey).
Supposedly, this plaid material is one part of the Russian
studies concerning who were the Trojans circa 2500 BC (Celts???).
Further information on the Taklimakan Plaids may be had by
contacting Dr. Dolkun Kamberi, a Taklimakan archaeologist,
or Dr. Victor Mair, a Chinese linquist and researcher, both
of whom have been researching the Taklimakan Mummies with
Chinese officials for many years.
"And in clothes materials", Mair said, some weaving techniques
appear to be "so Celtic, it's mind-boggling."
Some of the oldest of the Taklimakan Mummies seem not to be
Chinese or Mongolian, but Celtic and similar to Irish or Welsh
types with red hair and blue eyes. And trousers too!
Additionally, Dr.s Kamberi and Mair conducted a conference
at the University of Pennsylvania, USA., concerning their finds
and will publish the conference papers early in 1997.
"What I'm not going to do is say what I think, " Mair said of the
three day conference, which will include ancient-textile specialists
and linguists as well as genetic scientists and scholars."
[quotes are from Ellen O'Brien of the Philadelphia Inquirer]
If some indications of Ancient Celts (2500 BC) along Marco Polo's
(1275 AD) Silken Road become proven -- The Silk Road may have to be
renamed the "Tartan Trail."
Dr Kamberi and Dr Mair can be contacted at:
Department of Asian & ME Letters
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
New York Times, March 1996, "Taklimakan"
Philadelphia Inquirer, March 1996, "Mystery of the Mummies"
Archeaology Magazine, 1995, "Taklimakan"
National Geographic, March 1996
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