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Celtic History In the News — October 2018

Celtic History In the News — October 2018

I’ve got a short week, bouncing MacGregor Games from the Renaissance Festival in Minnesota to 18th century Indiana this weekend, so just a quick look at Celtic related archaeology news this week. Look for The Celtic Croft at Stone Mountain Highland Games later this month.

Heat wave reveals Ancient Sites through Crop Marks in Wales
An unknown Celtic site has been discovered in the shadow of a castle ruin near Tywyn, Gwynedd.

Glastonbury: Archaeology is revealing new truths about the origins of British Christianity
New archaeological research on Glastonbury Abbey pushes back the date for the earliest settlement of the site by 200 years – and reopens debate on Glastonbury’s origin myths.

New archeological research forces historians to reconsider the story of Iceland’s settlement
Historians have also been taking a second look at the origin of Iceland’s settlers as more evidence is found of strong Celtic influences among the Viking Age settlers.

New archaeological findings show that Vikings “imported” from the Celts
Celtic artifacts in Norway.

Inscribed seventh-century window ledge unearthed at Tintagel
A seventh-century slate window ledge inscribed with an intriguing mix of Latin, Greek and Celtic words.

Remains of Possible Blackfriar Identified in Scotland
A a skeleton has been discovered in the foundation trench of a wall in the remains of a Dominican friary operated by the Blackfriars from A.D. 1233 to 1559.

Scottish Clan Seal Discovered on Islay
A field school student has unearthed the seal of Sir John Campbell of Cawdor, a leader of the Campbell clan who took control of the Scottish island of Islay—famed for its Scotch whiskies—in 1615.

Teenager’s Bones Recovered from Scottish Cave
tests have confirmed that some 50 human bones discovered in Frances Cave on the island of Eigg belonged to a single teenager who lived between 1430 and 1620.

Archaeologists stumble on Neolithic ritual site in Suffolk
The Neolithic trackway, which had evidence of being repeatedly restored and renewed over decades and probably generations, seems to have led to a timber platform, with spring water deliberately channeled to surround it. From the platform, objects were dropped into the running water, including metal, pottery and a horned aurochs skull.

Archaeologists Trace ‘Lost Settlements’ of 1692 Glencoe Massacre
A team of researchers is in search of clues into the slaughter of members of the MacDonald clan.

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