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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