Archive for category History

The Origins of the British

britainStephen Oppenheimer’s new book The Origins of the British is packed full of interest for Celtic and English studies.

There is indeed ample evidence of Celtic writing, which is interesting because of the assertion that the Celts never wrote anything down. In fact it seems they wrote all the time and in many languages, for example, the many Tessera Hospitale and inscriptions located all over south west Europe, written in Celtiberian, Latin, Lepontic, Gaulish, Iberian, Lusitanian, Greek, Galatian and Noricum, Brythonic, Goidelic and with possible links to Basque. The Irish Lebor Gabála Érenn provides ample evidence of the survival of Celtic writing dating back to at least 2400 BCE. Funny how so little has survived! I wonder what happened to it all? Read the rest of this entry »

Heresy

“They do not understand that the reason why the poor exist is that the rich own too much.

“Abolish the rich and you will not be able to find the poor.

“If no one possesses more than he needs, all will have as much as they need.

For it is those who are rich that are the reason for the many that are poor.”

From ‘On Riches’ attributed to Pelagius, native Briton writing about 390-410AD Read the rest of this entry »

Cults and Ritual

How can archaeologists recognise and interpret the remains of cult and ritual activity?

Defining the term “cult” could take an essay in its own right, and many books have been written on this subject from many different academic perspectives over the centuries, with little sign that modern debates are flagging.

Definitions are varied, as if the term itself is alive. Read the rest of this entry »

The Archaeology of Disease

What remains for us to study?

It is indeed remarkable that so much organic material from the past remains for archaeologists to study.

Egyptian and South American mummies survive in large numbers. Frozen remains also exist, giving us dramatic snap shots from the past. Material remains from ancient techniques of smoke drying, honey soaking, air drying, shrunken body parts and also remains from bogs and wet lands, ensure that we have a remarkable body of evidence to study. Read the rest of this entry »

The Lost Book of History

I have published my new book, The Lost Book of History, which is already up and online under its component pages as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

The Twelve Lessons of History

  1. Never trust anyone who says ‘this is the first time in history…’ There is plenty of room for history to be turned on its head every time someone puts a spade in the ground! Read the rest of this entry »

1700 – 2000 AD

1500 to 1699 AD

1000 to 1499 AD

The Age of Imperialism

Well, everybody has been reading their Tacitus! The Europeans especially, take the opportunity to have an Empire in this millennia, but they are not the only ones. Everybody wants an Empire! Read the rest of this entry »

500 to 1000 AD