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Celtic History In the News – September 2019

Celtic History In the News – September 2019 ‘Spectacular’ monument aligned with the Winter Solstice found near Newgrange Archaeologists have identified about 40 previously unknown monuments near Newgrange in an “exceptionally successful” survey. Student reveals the face of Iron Age female druid A University of Dundee student has digitally revealed the face of one of[…]

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Celtic History Newsletter: In the News

A new collection of links to interesting recent news items in Celtic history or archeology this week. Isle of Man Round Mounds: ‘Spectacular’ 4,000-year-old jet necklace found A 4,000-year-old necklace has been uncovered during an archaeological dig on the Isle of Man. The Most Irish Town in America Was Built on Seaweed After discovering ‘Irish[…]

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Scottish Blue Bonnets

14-Year-Old Boy Finds ‘Lost’ Medieval Gravestones in Scotland “In the 19th century, 46 ornate medieval gravestones were discovered at a churchyard in the Scottish district of Govan, which is now part of Glasgow. Thirty-one of the “Govan Stones” were moved into the church for safekeeping, and the rest were displayed against a churchyard wall. But[…]

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Scottish & Irish Pirates

Originally Published June 2012 Scottish & Irish Pirates Although when thinking about pirates most people think of Johnny Depp, tricorn hats and Captain Hook, pirates probably appeared on the scene shortly after people started transporting valued goods via boat. I thought it might be fun to take a look at some of the colorful figures[…]

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Alexander Selkirk

Originally published November 2012 Alexander Selkirk Alexander Selkirk was born in 1676, and was the real-life inspiration behind the novel Robinson Crusoe. He was the seventh son of a shoemaker from Largo, Fife in Scotland. He is described as a “spoiled and wayward boy” who “frequently engaged in mischief of one kind or another.” He[…]