Sept. 2, 2006
The theory that bold Celtic sailors crossed the Atlantic and navigated up the Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers to what is today the high plains of southeastern Colorado seems ludicrous to many people, particularly the academic community. But the evidence of surviving Ogham writing translatable via Old Gaelic and associated astronomical markings that relate to Celtic cosmology is strong. A three minute web video of excerpts from the Old News documentary summarizes some key aspects for why this theory has legs. Featured are animated graphics of the clockwise North Atlantic steering currents and an easy-to-understand lesson on 8 seasonal cusps celebrated by the ancients, the equinoxes and the solstices plus four other divisions, the cross quarters observed by the Celts: Beltaine, Lughnasad, Samhain and Imbolc. These documentary excerpts address many of the arguments dismissive of ancient Celts for lacking the ability to explore beyond Europe or to memorialize their distinctive knowledge of astronomy on North American rock walls and in caves.