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Celtic History Newsletter: In the News

Sorry I’m a little late this week, we just returned from the 18th Century so just a look at what’s new in Celtic history, or archeology.

15th-Century Scottish Warrior Who Died in a Clan Feud Was Buried with 5 Extra Heads.
Some say that two heads are better than one, but a grave in the Scotland Highlands dating to the 15th century held several heads too many.

Dental Plaque Offers Clues to Diet of Irish Famine Victims
Analysis of dental plaque obtained from the teeth of 42 people buried in mass graves at Ireland’s Kilkenny Union Workhouse in the mid-nineteenth century has shown that the individuals’ diet was consistent with historical records of what people ate during the Great Famine.

Ruins may have been illicit whisky distilleries, say archaeologist
Two ruined farmsteads found in a Scottish forest may have been an illicit distillery, experts claim.

Large ‘1,400-year-old cemetery’ uncovered in Highlands
What could turn out to be one of Scotland’s largest Pictish burial grounds is being excavated on the Black Isle in the Highlands.

Star Saloon: Wall signs teach commercial archeology
A sign for Pattison’s Limited of Edinburgh, Scotland, a distillery, (1896 to 1898) was uncovered.

British churches finding a new lease on life by offering stays to ‘champers’
Hiring out their space for “champing” (“camping” in unoccupied churches) is providing a handful of churches in England and Scotland with a way to bring in much-needed cash for their upkeep.

How Trick-or-Treating Became a Halloween Tradition
Why do children dress in costume and knock on strangers’ doors to ask for treats on Halloween? The practice can be traced to the ancient Celts, early Roman Catholics and 17th-century British politics.

Mapping Scotland’s Grim History of Witch-Hunting
A new interactive map project from Edinburgh University charts the bloody wave of persecution directed at women accused of witchcraft in Scotland.Photos: Hidden Ruins of an Old Scottish Whisky Distillery
The old buildings, dating back to the 1700s, were almost forgotten until government agency Forest and Land Scotland planned to harvest trees in the area north of Glasgow.

‘Leprechaun’ may not be a native Irish word, scholars reveal
While leprechauns are a quintessential part of Irish culture and mythology, the actual word itself does not have Irish roots, scholars have found.

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