Origins of the Celts - and Their Dragon; YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES

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SIR - I write in response to the article "Research will look into Celts on the Atlantic edge of Europe" (March 26).

Eleven thousand years ago, a large part of the Indian subcontinent was devastated by a cataclysmic super volcanic eruption. There was a mass migration; tens of thousands would have migrated north-west through Persia and Arabia.

As the climate became warmer (after the Ice Age), this migration would continued northwards into Europe and, eventually, to Britain. It is likely that some of the descendants of the original migrants reached Europe about 6,000 years ago, and Britain by about 5,000 years ago.

Some of these migrant people were culturally and technically more advanced than the indigenous Europeans. Similarly, those migrants who passed through Arabia to the Mediterranean lands had their own flag and language. Their flag depicted both a dragon-like creature and the "staff of Hermes" - the latter of which has become the emblem of knowledge and medicine.

The Mediterranean immigrants became know as the Phoenicians - and by about 2000 BC they became the predominant maritime people. However, later they were defeated by the Greeks, and then by the Romans. …