> There was a great influx of people from northern France to
> Scotland and south central England during the period 3900 BC -
> 3600 BC. It is not outside the realm of possibility that the
> seafarers at Skara Brae were descendants of people from Norway,
> Denmark and France, or similar combination which would lead to
> Grooved Ware culture by the early 3rd millennium BC.
Yes. And it was all one landmass at one time. The Orkneys were simply mountain peaks. Right up until modern times it was easier to sail around than it was to go overland.
I do think that the fact that it WAS one landmass explains pretty well the common traditions and building styles, which means that it goes back much further than the 3rd millennium BC.
I'm going to go a little further off the rails and ask about the tidal wave that swept across Scotland and the British Isles. Any wooden structure built at the time would be swept away...hence building in stone. The wooden post holes at Stonehenge are contemporaneous with the date of the tsunami.
They must really have wanted the henge in that particular site pretty badly to rebuild it.
> RE: 'stone things' in the Epic of Gilgamesh - You have hit on
> something very dear to my heart. I have been working on a new
> translation of the epic as time permits,and it would not me
> appropriate to let the cat out of the box just yet as concerns
> the 'stone things'. However I will say that they represent
> different things on different levels of understanding the myth.
> Sorry not to be more specific. I'll try to move faster on that
Well, hurry up! The suspense is killing me!
Kidding, kidding. 😜
ETA: I'm still pondering why Lugh and not Mabon. However, on another level that takes into, of course, Tuatha de Danann territory, and all the associated mythology. There is also the Fir Bolgs and the Fomorians, who seemed to be sailors. And that's not counting Gwydion and company!
Or is that wandering too far afield?
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