In my series of posts about the Early Bronze Age Montenegrian tumuluses, I wrote about a tumulus called Gruda Boljevića.Gruda Boljevića tumulus is one of the most interesting and most important archaeological sites of the Montenegrin Late Copper - Early Bronze age. It is also probably one of the most important archaeological sites found recently in Europe.The reason why I believe that this tumulus is so important, is because it shows that the dolmen building, golden cross disc making culture which developed in Montenegro in the first half of the third millennium BC, has its direct cultural roots in Yamna culture of the Black Sea steppe. Why is this important? Because the gold cross discs found in this tumulus and other Montenegrian tumuluses are later found in Beaker culture sites in Ireland and Britan. And the Irish annals tell us that the Early Irish who brought with them metallurgy and gold migrated to Ireland from Russian steppe, via Balkans and then Iberia. Gruda Boljevića is the last and most important piece of evidence which confirms that the Irish annals contain not pseudo histories, but real histories which talk about events that happened in the 3rd millennium BC...
From the Old European Culture blog.
Uh. Hate to be a downer, but aren't the dolmens and these golden sun disks associated with the Tuatha Dé Danann, not the Irish themselves?
I am merely passing on the conjectures of others in this post without really critically evaluating them one way or the other.
Still, since the Tuatha Dé Danann are a race of supernaturals from Irish legendary history who purportedly lived in Ireland, the reference is indeed on point. The notion would be that the proper way to interpret Irish legendary history is to understand the Tuatha Dé Danann as actually corresponding to a group of technologically advanced (by Neolithic Irish standards) foreigners who migrated to Ireland, took positions of leadership, and were eventually incorporated into the Irish people.
So, no I wouldn't see that nuance as impairing the connection between archaeologically established history and Irish legends.
The Tuatha De Danann are from the wave before the Gaels though. Not after.
This is good and as it should be. The Gaels should be the Hallstad/LeTene people speaking Celtic languages, while the Tuatha De Danann would be non-IE Bell Beaker people.
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