Raimund Karl writes:
>Skara Brae is Neolithic, not Celtic. It is, according to most
>theories, even pre-Indoeuropean, as such even much more pre-Celtic.
I should have been more careful; the book says "Stone Age
Scotland", not "Celtic."
However, I suspect my statement would be correct if I replaced
"Celtic" with "ancestors of the Scots." Since modern Scots descend
from Pictish and Nordic roots, as well as the "Scotti" of Ireland,
it should be reasonable to assume that the inhabitants of Skara
Brae were Scot ancestors.
>> 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
>> Brendan's vessel.
>This is possible, but there is no proof for it. There's not even a
>hint for it, as the Imarama Sancti Brendani describes a spiritual
>journey, not a physical, as it is a christianised version of a
>"travel to the otherworld" story.
Many "spiritual journeys" in ancient literature can be attributed
to physical travels. I think we arrogantly underrate the ingenuity of
I've never read America BC. There are, however, some ancient
archaeological sites on the American west coast, with "Celtic"
style designs carved in stone. We also have recent evidence that
the Norse explorers had foreknowledge of Vineland before traveling
there. And, of course, we have Native American traditions among
the Innu, who, I'm told, have a "history" that includes victors
in a boat made of animal skins.
I can track down my references after the first of the year, if
you'd like me to.
>> 6) And of course: Celts were some of the earliest, and most
>> expert brewers.
>Earliest? No. Expert? Yes (we have more than 25 old Celtic words for
>beer that came down on us).
I said "some of the earliest", implying that others would have been
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