My Life In Ruins

No not literally…

I mentioned I am traveling. It’s Ireland again and it never gets old…. Well, you know what I mean.

I’m on a mission to find as many prehistoric/Neolithic sites as possible, before I join my long dead ancestors in the soil. Thus, I am very behind on my reading and commenting. Nevertheless, I am never happier than when I’m surrounded by 6000 year old monuments. Here are some samples: wedge tomb (2500 BC), ring fort (early Medieval period) and stone fort (400 BC). The final shot is of Ireland’s largest stone circle dating to 4000 BC.

40 thoughts on “My Life In Ruins

  1. I’m fascinated with this part of history. I’ve read a book called America BC, by Barry Fell. He studied Ogam, an ancient language of the Celts, and found evidence of Ogam in the new world long before Columbus arrived. The photo of you walking through a doorway reminds me of one of these alleged Celtic megaliths in Salem, NH.

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    1. They say St. Brendan came to the New World in the 500’s AD…. I will have to read that book. I was actually pondering the fact that we have relatively little prehistory (in comparison) with other locations of the world. I wonder if it’s party because of building materials. Wood versus stone for instance. Thanks for the recommendation!

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      1. Mainstream academia rejects his claims, but here’s an occasion in which they don’t:

        http://www.faculty.ucr.edu/~legneref/bronze/fellview.htm

        It appears that there are many words from the Algonquin Indians that are phonetically similar to Celtic. Taken from the link above, and interesting to me, since I live less than a mile from the river mentioned below:

        The River Merrimack, for instance, means โ€œdeep fishingโ€ in Algonquian. It is too close for coincidence to the Gaelic Mor-riomach, meaning โ€œof great depth.โ€

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      1. True, but they could have pit stopped along the way. I believe there was a warming during the second half of the first millennium which could have allowed for travel along more northern sea routes. In fact wasn’t that why Vinland was so named? Because it was so good for cultivating?

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      2. Well Irish monks were in Iceland, though I don’t think they ever got to Greenland. You are quite right, it was called the Medieval Warm Period which was followed by the Little Ice Age in around 1250 I think, which was too have dramatic and harrowing consequences for the Norse colony in Greenland. Vinland would have been around where Roger lives in Newfoundland. I love the Icelandic Sagas

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  2. I loved exploring the Arthurian sites when I went back to Britain (and when I lived there). Clare’s mum had a Bronze Age Burial Mound in her back yard! We went to some of the scrapes on Hengistbury Head. Hunters apparently lay there watching the animals crossing from Europe to France before the Channel split the land mass. Incredible. We used to visit Maiden Castle, too. I can see from the pics that you are enjoying yourself! Make it a good one.

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    1. I am amazed at the number of ruins and even old castles that sit on private land! Stone circles in the middle of farm fields, Celtic high crosses on cow pastures. Speaks to the durability of all these structures, that so many have survived!

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