Aug 26 2014

Episode 39 Prophecy of the Druid is now available for you!

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Celtic Myth Podshow LogoPic: Celtic Myth Podshow The latest episode in the First Branch of the Mabinogi – Prophecy of the Druid – is now out and available for you to download or listen to. This is Episode 10 of the First Branchi: Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed. Pwyll and Rhiannon are finally married and enjoying the feasting in the Halls of the Otherworld. It is not too long before Pwyll and his Companions get homesick for Dyfed, the land of their Birth. Pwyll and Rhiannon decide to head back to Dyfed where they are faced with an unexpected prophecy!

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Aug 11 2014

King Arthur at Parliament No.12 – King Arthur carried in a barge to Avillon attended by Queens


King Arthur in the Barge
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As King Arthur lay dying he commanded his knight Sir Bedivere to take his sword Excalibur and throw it into the nearby lake. This is the 12th part in our series of animated/audio stories of King Arthur based on artwork found around the Houses of Parliament, courtesy of a wonderful Virtual Tour found at explore-parliament.net. We highly recommend you go to the Explore Parliament site to watch/hear the presentation about this artwork.

As King Arthur lay dying he commanded his knight Sir Bedivere to take his sword Excalibur and throw it into the nearby lake. As he did so, an arm rose up out of the water and caught the sword, then vanished back under the water once more. King Arthur then commanded Sir Bedivere to take him down to the lakeside

And when they were at the waterside, even fast by the bank hoved a little barge, with many fair ladies in it… Now put me into the barge, said the king: and so he did softly. And there received him three queens with great mourning, and so they set him down, and in one of their laps king Arthur laid his head.
- Malory.

And then the barge carrying the ladies and King Arthur sailed off into the mist, never to be seen again. The next day a hermit told Sir Bedivere that a number of ladies had brought a dead body to him, and asked him to bury it for them. The body was said to have been that of King Arthur.

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Aug 11 2014

Hollow Hills and Goddess Chants

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Damh, Kellianna & us

Damh the Bard, Kellianna & us

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On Wednesday last, we had the great honour of meeting American Pagan Spirit Singer, the lovely Kellianna. She has allowed us to play her music on the show almost since it started, so we were very excited to meet her. She had been at the Goddess Conference in Glastonbury, so when we picked her up from the train station in Eastbourne, she had had a gruelling day travelling across country. You’d think it would be a straight-forward journey along the South of England to get from Glastonbury to Eastbourne but, oh no – you have to travel up to London first, change trains at Paddington, travel across London via Tube (the subway) to got to London Victoria and then come down to us.

Unless you’re very used to train travel in the UK, this is a nightmare and even more so when you live in a very remote part of the States with no access to trains! It was obvious that the poor lady was exhausted and desperate for a Coffee!

Coffee, Soup and lots of chat!

So after stowing her belongings in the car we drove through the lovely Sussex downland to find some refreshment and a good view. Once revived with coffee and soup, Kellianna spoke to us about her life as a pagan singer in the USA. It was good to hear that like here most of the musicians all know each other, and often tour together and play at the same Renaissance Faires, camps and gatherings, and mostly everyone one supports each other like a huge extended family. We were interested to hear that the Celtic inspiration for Kellianna’s music comes from her heritage, though her Celtic, Native American and Norse roots all mingle together to bring out a completely unique style in her music.
Beachy Head, looking over Eastbourne

Beachy Head, looking over Eastbourne

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Serious Food, Great Company and Jenga Stonehenge

The Giant's Rest

The Giant’s Rest

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So after a quick photo session at Beachy head and Birling Gap, we drove on to the beautiful country pub, the Giant’s Rest in Wilmington village (which has awards for being the most Druid-Friendly Pub in Sussex!) at the feet of the famous hill-figure known as the Long Man of Wilmington. There we met up with Damh the Bard, and Cerri Lee for a jovial evening full of laughter, good food and and even better company! Kellianna even managed to build a superb representation of Stonehenge with Jenga blocks while Damh provided the light of the rising sun shining onto the Heel Stone using a tea-light candle coming over the table-top!

In fact it was such a good evening that gradually the pub staff had politely closed the pub around us by time we left. With many hugs and blessings, Kellianna went off to stay with Damh and Cerri, and we promised to meet up with them all the following night to see Damh and Kellianna’s magical gig.

Enchantment and Magic at the Lamb in Eastbourne

The following evening we gathered at the ancient Lamb Pub in Eastbourne, along with many friends new and old.  Damh opened the evening with the beautiful song January Man, leading on to Land, Sea and Sky. Regaling us with tales and his infectious love of life, Damh engaged the audience with his musical magic and had everyone joining in and singing along for the first hour of the evening. He even treated us to a sneak preview of an enchanting song that will be on his new studio album due to be released later this year. After a break for refreshments Damh introduced Kellianna. It’s almost impossible to describe how Kellianna manages to build up the energy in a room and connect the audience with something deep, ancestral and primal but she did with humour and pure passion.
Damh the Bard capturing our hearts

Damh the Bard capturing our hearts

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Songs from the Ancient Ones, Rhythms of the Earth

Damh the Bard and Kellianna

Damh the Bard and Kellianna

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 Kellianna’s pure energy and amazing, heart-pounding drum chants soon started to infect us, and before long we were toe-tapping and singing along with her. She sung a beautiful Grandmother chant about healing the earth which affected many of us deeply, as well as wowing us with old favourites, such as Persephone and Freya - telling us the stories of these ancient goddesses. Her song Warrior Queen is a beautifully evocative song of the life and death of a Norse Tribal Queen, and Kellianna told us that she is writing three Novels to tell the complete story of life of this warrior queen.  She told us about standing in the stones of Stonehenge in 2004 and feeling that it was a turning point in her life, discovering a new path laid out for her by the Mother.

From then she went on to release her first album Lady Moon. She chanted and drummed to her powerful chant Stonehenge which was so moving and emotive, it must have affected everyone in the room.

Throughout her set she also asked for requests and responded to the audience calling out for different songs by producing amazing and often new arrangements of her famous chants at the drop of a hat! At one point, the amazing chantress had the whole room whooping, singing and hollering to her upbeat song Aphrodite and Pan. Towards the end of her set, Kellianna invited Damh to come up and sing with her and they gave us an amazing version of John Barleycorn with complex, inter-woven harmonies – absolutely superb! With calls for “More” and “Encore” still ringing in our ears, Kellianna finished with what must now surely be her signature Chant, I Walk With The Goddess.
Damh and Kellianna duet

Damh and Kellianna duet

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How many of us have sung along so many times to this wonderful song? I know we have!  It was a brilliant set, and was wonderful for us to finally meet and see Kellianna play live at last! It was a magical couple of evenings with some fantastic people that we will remember for a long time to come – thank you so much folks! :)

You can find Kellianna’s website at kellianna.com and Damh’s website at paganmusic.co.uk or check out their Contributor Pages on this site (Kellianna and Damh).

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Aug 05 2014

BBC Alba launch strengthens Celtic language broadcasting

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There has been an important development in terms of Celtic language television broadcasting with the launch of the new Gaelic TV station BBC Alba.

The new channel is initially available on Sky satellite TV channel 168 and also on Freesat. The station will also become available on the digital terrestrial service Freeview. However the Freeview launch will not take place until 2010 at the earliest which is disappointing. Continue Reading »

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Aug 05 2014

The Mermaid Queen – Machinema, Lisa Thiel and Celtic Mythology

This is an absolutely beautiful piece of animated art by one of our friends, called Celestial Elf.  It is an art form called Machinema where an animated film is made by using the construction engine of a computer game – usually one of the MMORPGs (Massive Multi-player Online Role-Playing Games). He has matched it beautifully with the wonderful song by Lisa Thiel’s Song of the Mermaid Queen. This is what he says:

The Mermaid Queen

The Celtic legends of Mermaids may have their origins in the part-man part-fish Sea-God Oannes who was worshiped by the Babylonians around 5000BCE, who was also the Sun-God, rising out of the sea each day and disappearing back under the waves each night. He was a civilizing force for the good, bringing light and life to his people, representing the positive values connected with the sea. Oannes’ Goddess counterpoint was Atargatis, a Semetic moon Goddess who became the first official Mermaid and represents nature herself..

The Mermaid is the most persistent and pervasive symbol of the old Goddess energy that represents women, particularly their mysterious, life-generating element. However, battling the Ancient ways in an effort to establish itself, the early Christian church promoted the ideas that mermaids were dangerous temptresses and had no souls, but embodied the lure of fleshy pleasures to be shunned by the God-fearing. The anti feminine propaganda was also carried out against many harmless old women who were put to death as witches by burning or hanging for practicing traditional herb-lore. Similarly the Goddess-Mermaid was stripped of all her spiritual qualities and relegated to be an evil Siren of the seas. Such views have endured in the many sailors stories that simultaneously tell of one family of mermaids, the Nereids, who were protective of sailors, whilst another, the dangerous Sirens, lured men to their doom.

Myths from the Isle of the Druids

In contrast with such negative portrayals, the earlier myths and legends such as those of the Isle of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland, present many tales in which Mermaids and Druids abound in happy community. Known as the Isle of Druids and once called Innis nan Druidhneach, Iona is known to be a ‘thin place’ where the veil between worlds can be traversed, a place where the sense of the sacred seems more pronounced than in more mundane parts of the world.
Iona was also a seat of learning long before the first Christians first came to these lands. There are tales that a new Divinity will take human form on the Isle of Iona, this time in the body of a woman, an amalgam of the Divine Sophia and the Goddess called by many names including Brith, Brid and Mary of the Gael. It is said that when She arrives, the world will know peace. Today the remains of over 350 standing stones are still to be found on Iona….

The Selkie

In this film we also see the Selkie, who according to Celtic folklore is mythological shapeshifting sea fairie, usually living in the form of a bright-eyed seal and found in Northern Scotland and the Shetland Islands. In earlier times Selkies often came to land in a human form, where they would dance, especially on the night of the full moon.
In taking human form the Selkies would shed their Seal-skins, and hide them in a safe place. There are many tales from the clans of leaders taking Selkie wives by stealing their skins, because Selkies are said to make good wives, although they always longed for the sea, and would return to their Seal form as soon as they gained repossession of their skins.
Fortunately for us, our Selkie was not pursued by anybody, but runs free to this day, as far as we know.

Following Lisa Thiel’s lead in her beautiful song, in this film we celebrate the life giving goodness of the Goddess of the Seas, the Mermaid Queen restored. For the sake of narrative unity, I have named our Scottish man Morcant-Taisch, composed of two ancient Celtic names, MorCant meaning Sea Circle, or Circle of the Sea, and Taisch being the Celtic name given to those with the Second Sight. Morcant-Taisch then has been blessed with the Second Sight and sees the Queen of the Mermaids visiting her ancient kingdom of Innis nan Druidhneach, The Isle of Iona.

The Credits

Grateful thanks for Lisa Thiel’s permission to use the Song of the Mermaid Queen (C) 1990 Lisa Thiel,
To Alicia Bonnet as the voice of the Mermaid Queen,
And David J. Macvitie for Kaan Pipes Intro instrumental, from Circle of the Seasons (c) 2005 Lisa Thiel
via Sacred Dream .com ( http://www.sacreddream.com/ )
In addition Gaelic pipes and nature sounds c/o freesound.org.

Additional Thanks:
To Laufey Markstein of Trident Creations for providing the Menhir.

As The mermaid Quenn, Starheart Erdhein
As Morcant-Taisch FreeSky Republic,
As the Selkie, Celestial Elf,
Filmed on location at The Scottish Castle, Sandvik, courtesy of Conjunctio Magic,
And The Asylum Island coral reef park, courtesy of samothyerac Savira.

Seal avatar co Conjoh Kohime,
Morcant-Taisch outfit co Trasgo Beaumont of Le Grenier Du Chateau,
Runic Magic Circle co Julianus Nightfire
Runic chat symbols co Harvey Swenson
Mermaid Rock co oborotuki Obolensky.

Filmed on SecondLife via Snowglobe 1.4.2.
Made using Frapps, Serif MoviePlus X3 on Windows XP.
Conceived, Directed and Produced by Celestial Elf 2011.

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Aug 05 2014

Which books should you take on a family holiday in Wales?

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Tales from the Mabinogion

Tales from the Mabinogion

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Are there any traditional Welsh stories or modern adventure stories set in the Welsh countryside that might give kids an introduction to the country? Wales is rich in mythology, not least as one of the possible places where King Arthur held court. The most famous book of folk stories in Wales is The Mabinogion, a collection of prose stories which was collated from medieval manuscripts but also draws on oral stories from earlier times including the Iron Age and from early Celtic mythology. It was first translated into English in the 19th century and individually and collectively the stories have been retold in countless versions for children.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Which books should we take on a family holiday in Wales?” was written by Julia Eccleshare, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 6th August 2013 14.25 UTC

We are taking our children who are six, eight and 10 to Wales for the first time this summer holiday. Are there any traditional Welsh stories or modern adventure stories set in the Welsh countryside that might give them an introduction to the country?

Wales is rich in mythology, not least as one of the possible places where King Arthur held court. The most famous book of folk stories in Wales is The Mabinogion, a collection of prose stories which was collated from medieval manuscripts but also draws on oral stories from earlier times including the Iron Age and from early Celtic mythology. It was first translated into English in the 19th century and individually and collectively the stories have been retold in countless versions for children.

Gwyn Thomas and Kevin Crossley-Holland’s Tales from the Mabinogion, with illustrations by Margaret Jones, is an excellent introduction to the stories.

The Arthurian legends as well as stories seeped in the secret magic of the hidden valleys and crags give a strong sense of place as well as history in Gwyn Jones’s Stories from Wales in the Oxford Children’s Myths and Legends series.

Meinir Wyn Edwards’s Welsh Folk Stories, illustrated by Morgan Tomos is a collection of five folk stories which tell of love and loss, giants and an emperor searching for the perfect Welsh bride.

Unsurprisingly, given its atmospheric scenery, independent history and powerful mythology,there are a great many outstanding fictional adventure stories set in Wales. For children aged sevens and upwards, Jenny Nimmo’s The Snow Spider trilogy and Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising sequence both effortless cross between real and magical worlds enabling even sceptics to believe the powerful magic behind them.

Jenny Sullivan, The Magic Apostrophe

In her Gwydion titles, a sequence which begins with The Magic Apostrophe, Jenny Sullivan creates an upbeat fantasy adventure full of magic and peopled with some of the major characters from Welsh mythology including Gwydion and Taliesin.

There is slippage between two worlds in Alan Garner’s The Owl Service, which darkly blends the story of three teenagers together in a Welsh valley one summer who find their own interactions are influenced by the passion – and violence – from the Celtic story of Bloddeuwedd from The Mabinogion.

For older readers, Lloyd Alexander, the American author of the highly regarded fantasy sequence The Chronicles of Prydain, draws on characters and ideas from The Mabinogion in the creation of his own powerful mythology.

Wales is brought to life in all of these stories and the many others about specific Welsh places including the evocative ruins of Harlech Castle and Cricceth Castle, fortresses for the Welsh in their battles against the English; the many narrow gauge railways encapsulated in books such as Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin’s Ivor the Engine and specific towns such as Beddgelert, immortalised in stories about the faithful dog Gelert and the fateful end he met.

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Jul 29 2014

Neolithic Orkney Stone Circle to be uncovered


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The BBC have just reported that a major archaeological investigation is getting under way at one of Western Europe’s most impressive prehistoric sites.

The Ring of Brodgar in Orkney is the third largest stone circle in the British Isles, but little is known about it.

The project will involve the re-excavation and extension of trenches dug in 1973. Geophysical surveys will also be undertaken to investigate the location of standing stones.

Dr Jane Downes of the Archaeology Department, Orkney College, UHI, and Dr Colin Richards of the University of Manchester are the project directors.

Dr Downes said:

Because so little is known about the Ring of Brodgar, a series of assumptions have taken the place of archaeological data.

The interpretation of what is arguably the most spectacular stone circle in Scotland is therefore incomplete and unclear.

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Jul 29 2014

Roman ‘Pompeii’ in County Durham unearths its secrets

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Binchester Fort Bath House

Binchester Fort Bath House

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Excavations at a Roman site in County Durham have revealed the ‘Pompeii of the north’, say archaeologists in a report published by Popular Archaeology. The spectacular discoveries at Binchester Roman Fort near Bishop Auckland have uncovered some of the most well preserved remnants of an empire dating back some 1800 years ago, including one of the earliest pieces of evidence for Christianity in Roman Britain in the shape of a silver ring. The archaeologists have also discovered a bath house with seven-foot high walls, which were once covered with brightly covered painted designs, the original floor, doorways and window openings, as well as an inscribed altar dedicated to the Roman Goddess, Fortune the Home-bringer.

Dr. David Mason, principal archaeologist, Durham County Council, said:

These findings are hugely significant as they are virtually intact and present a graphic illustration of life under the Roman Empire. They are so stunning and spectacular that we can claim we have our very own ‘Pompeii of the north’ right on our doorstep.

The excavation project, now in its sixth year, is a joint venture between archaeologists at Durham County Council, Durham University, the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland land and several American universities.

Project coordinator, Dr David Petts, lecturer in archaeology at Durham University, said:

Our excavations have uncovered parts of one of the best preserved Roman buildings in Britain.

For example, the altar is a reminder that bath houses were about more than keeping clean and exercising and were actually social centres – a bit like our modern day leisure centres.

The most unique feature of these remains is the sheer scale of their preservation. It is possible to walk through a series of Roman rooms with walls all above head height; this is pretty exceptional for Roman Britain.

The altar has been inscribed by a retired trooper who served with a unit of the Spanish cavalry based at Binchester. The trooper described his rank as “architectus” and this is the only example from the whole of the Roman Empire, outside of Rome itself, which shows that architects were on the staff of auxiliary cavalry units and not just the legions of the Emperor’s personal protection unit, the Praetorian Guard.

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Jul 22 2014

All Celtic Nations hear the ‘Visit Cornwall!’ message


Wheat Coates Tin Mine
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The Cornish Guardian in This is Cornwall reports in August 2011: Cornish rugby shirts selling like hot cakes, plenty of Spingo to wash down the pasties, cream teas and some good old sea shanties to keep the atmosphere merry proved a hit with our continental counterparts.

People from Cornwall have been visiting the Festivale Interceltique in Lorient, Brittany, for many years, but a delegation has just returned by Brittany Ferries which has taken the message both to the French themselves, and people from Celtic nations all over the world who had travelled to France, that it was time they paid a visit to Cornwall.
The festival this year attracted 650,000 people to hear the music, taste the food and drink, and to join in a get-together of Celtic people from all over the world, from Guadeloupe to Chile, Mexico to Vietnam, as well as the nations closer to home such as the Bretons, Irish, Scots and Welsh.

With the 41st festival celebrating the Celtic diaspora, it was a festival which explored where people of Celtic origin had travelled and taken their culture. It brought up an amazing mix, from Jack Kerouac to Le Bagad Karukera pipe band, complete with colourful girl dancers from Guadeloupe.

A huge crowd of 80,000 packed the route through Lorient of the grand parade which included 78 mainly pipe bands and lasted for three hours, 40 minutes. It is a unique experience, with Breton villages especially involving all the family, from grandparents to babes in arms as they dance to their pipe bands.

Neil Plummer and Beatrice Kerno, who have played a major part in the organisation of the Cornwall representation at the festival for many years, were in the parade, along with Cornwall Council Cabinet member for Customer First and Culture Joan Symons and the Bolingey Troyl Band from Perranporth.

Progressive folk-rock band Pentorr, from East Cornwall, played a packed gig, while the Bolingey Troyl Band appeared at one of the big venues, Espace Marine, and also entertained outside the Cornwall stand.

Another Perranporth outfit, Stamp and Go, brought a real smile to the crowds after rain poured down after the grand parade. Just as the parade ended the heavens opened, but Stamp and Go got into strong voice with shanties and traditional Cornish songs which drew crowds to both the Cornwall stand and the Blue Anchor bar, over from Helston, to sell litre after litre of four strengths of their Spingo, brewed in Cornwall and shipped over by Brittany Ferries.

Simon and Kim Stone had brought over plenty of bar staff to deal with the queues for not only Spingo, but Cornish pasties and cream teas.

The French had a bit of a problem with cream teas, with one couple eating the scones without touching the jam or cream, saying:

“I see, you put the cream in the tea.”

There were plenty of other Cornish there – John Nelligan with his historic boat the Grace, from Penzance, Hilary Hughes, from Saltash, with her copper, seawater and salt works on canvas, and Melanie Guy, from Stoke Climsland, with her work in metals.

This is Cornwall

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Jul 22 2014

Wild Rabbits lead to massive finds at Land’s End in Cornwall

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<b>Big Heritage at Land's End</b>

Big Heritage at Land’s End

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A day of digging by three expert archaeologists has unearthed more than 60 objects from a one-metre square excavation at Land’s End reports The Falmouth Packet. In February the wild rabbits at Land’s End accidentally uncovered a collection of flint scrapers and arrowheads while burrowing their warrens. This discovery prompted Land’s End to commission a thorough archaeological investigation of their land and now the finds discovered and compiled by Big Heritage UK have revealed some further startling results.

Evidence of an iron-age hill fort, a bronze-age barrow cemetery, a Neolithic passage grave and more, all compiled in the report, has been further compounded by a plethora of ancient objects unearthed in the course of a one day dig at the British landmark.

The Big Heritage team have now found Mesolithic stone hammers, arrow heads, scrapers and waste from a flint tool-making factory during their preliminary one-day excavation at the site.

Dean Paton, lead archaeologist for Big Heritage, said:

We discovered more prehistoric tools in just one square metre of Land’s End than in countless other sites combined. We’ve found about 60 flint tools and two stone hammers and they are stunningly beautiful. I’m lost for words – it almost sounds like something out of an Indiana Jones film.

In the present time, more than 400,000 visitors journey to Land’s End every year and these latest discoveries show people have actually been travelling to the westernmost point of Cornwall for 10,000 years or more.

Alice Reynolds, marketing manager for Land’s End, said:

We are delighted by these latest finds and very grateful to both Big Heritage and the Land’s End bunnies for helping us uncover our ancient history.

Read the full story on the Packet website.

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