Celtic History In the News — July 2019

Celtic History In the News — July 2019

A new collection of links to interesting recent news items in Celtic history or archaeology 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 moss’ in coastal waters, Irish immigrants launched a booming mossing industry in Scituate, Massachusetts.

This Is the Most Elaborate Warrior Tomb Ever Discovered in England
An Iron Age warrior who likely fought Julius Caesar’s legionnaires has been unearthed in the United Kingdom, according to news sources.

Ultra-rare discovery reveals how ancient Celtic warriors fought – 2,400 years ago
Archeologists find a shield made from ultra-light bark rather than metal or solid timber.

Experts solve mystery of medieval tunnel beneath Paisley Abbey
Experts have discovered one of Scotland’s best-preserved medieval tunnels was a 100m long drain beneath Paisley Abbey – after centuries of mystery.

Well With Stone Stairs Unearthed in Scotland
An ancient well at the top of one of Scotland’s most iconic mountain peaks has been unearthed for the first time in hundreds of years.

Artifacts discovered at site of ‘forgotten’ 18th century Jacobite battle
A 300-year-old musket ball and mortar shell have been discovered at the site of a “forgotten” Jacobite uprising.

Artificial islands older than Stonehenge stump scientists
A study of crannogs in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides reveals some were built more than 3,000 years earlier than previously thought.
Work at major wind farm development unearths ancient tunnel
Work on a major north-east offshore wind farm has unearthed what is thought to be a subterranean passage or chamber – is from thousands of years ago.

Studies shed new light on origins of Canary Islands population
DNA-based evidence and archeological research confirm ties to Berbers from North Africa, not to Celts as once believed.

Archaeology — what the Celts drank
Research carried out by an international team led by scientists from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich and the University of Tübingen reveals aspects of the drinking and dietary habits of the Celts, who lived in Central Europe in the first millennium BCE.

Archaeologists uncover megalithic monument thought to be unlike any found in Ireland to date
Previously thought to be a barrow, researchers have decided it doesn’t conform to the normal pattern for barrows and may be something new.



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