Richard Thornton | May 9, 2017 | 23
The Story of Scotland . . . before there was a Scotland
Now fess up! A bunch of you out there, even if you carry BIA cards, have as much or more Irish, Scottish or Scandinavian DNA as you do indigenous. This outstanding documentary is about YOUR ancestors.
BEFORE SCOTLAND – Parts One and Two
(2009) Rated G ~ Free ~ YouTube
To watch program (click) Before Scotland
This two part program is a masterpiece and continuously presents information that most North Americans would consider surprising. It begins at the tail end of the Ice Age and ends around 900 AD when Gaels were invading what is now Scotland from the west and Vikings were attacking from the east. Until that time, the most common name for present day Scotland was Britain! Scot is the Irish Gaelic word for a pirate and land is the Viking word for land.
In 2008, the BBC heavily promoted a high budget documentary series entitled, The History of Scotland. Even though it was hosted by a Scottish archaeologist, most Scots felt that the program was too much about the personal journey of the show’s host and too little about the Scottish people. Scottish students and almost anyone not from Scotland would finish the program not knowing what the Scottish people looked like and how they lived during various periods of the past.
A private film company that works with Scottish public television then created an equally high budget documentary that included many actors in period costumes, plus extensive filming of restored Scottish villages from various epochs.
The approach worked. I finished watching the entire History of Scotland series, not really knowing who the Scots were. After watching the Story of Scotland – Before Scotland, now I do.
Did you know that the people of pre-Scotland spoke Welsh?
Did you you know that the farming peoples of the west coasts of Scotland and Wales, plus both coasts of Ireland carry high levels of the same Mediterranean DNA as the Atlantic coasts of France and Iberia. That’s right, you could have had Irish or Scottish ancestors, but show up with Iberian or Mediterranean DNA.
Now here is where it gets interesting. We have Mediterranean peoples in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. They love to carve concentric circles in stone boulders, just like the Late Bronze Age peoples in the Southern Appalachians. They make “Bell Beaker” pottery that is almost identical to the Deptford pottery that was first made in Savannah, GA. They have the same word for water as the Muskogee Creeks.
Then suddenly at the end of the Bronze Age, the branch of the Bell Beaker people, who sailed Phoenician type boats over the oceans, disappeared from Scotland and Ireland. You can guess the possibilities.
Part Two is available on Youtube, when you finish Part One.
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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history.Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.
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