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At 09:59 AM 12/21/96 PST, you wrote:
>In my researches, I've learned about a number of interesting
>Celtic technological innovations. Most of the following
>information comes from the book ANCIENT INVENTIONS, by
>Peter James and Nick Thorpe, a 670-page tome about the
>technologies of early civilizations.
>1) Celts invented the toilet! In the Orkney Islands, at Skara
>Brae, archaeologists found furniture and lavatories dating from
>3000 BC. The furniture includes beds, dressers, tables, and other
>items built from stone (the beds were filled with moss).
>The toilets were recesses built into stone walls over drainage
>2) Celts wore pants! Julius Caesar and others were SHOCKED at the
>impropriety of men wearing pants in the British isles. Roman
>emperors BANNED the wearing of pants in Rome, claiming that the
>garments were "barbaric."
>3) The oldest known evidence of deep-sea fishing comes from Oban,
>Strathclyde, Scotland, where archaeologists found bones from
>fish species that don't come near shore. A paddle found in
>Yorkshire suggests that the Celts had animal-skin, sea-going
>boats as early as 8500 BC.
>4) And of course, we have Saint Brendan of Ireland, who reached
>the "New World" in a curragh (leather longship) in the 7th
>century AD. In 1978, Tim Severin and his fellow explorers
>crossed the Atlantic from Ireland to America in a replica of
>5) Celts were experts at creating bronze mirrors, 2000 years ago.
>6) And of course: Celts were some of the earliest, and most
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