by Richard L. Thornton, Architect and City Planner
This painting was done by a forensic artist, based on the genetic profile of an Early Bronze Age Irish Man from around 2000 BC. Ireland and southern England were almost depopulated around 2,345 BC by a 20 year long rain storm. According to the ancient “Annals of the Four Masters,” the whole of Ireland had to be evacuated at this time,” stated Professor Mike Baillie (Queen’s University in Belfast) on an RTE television documentary about the flood. The island was repopulated by a maritime people from Galicia.
The earliest occupants of Ireland could well have been American Indians or Eurasians. The earliest “stonehenges” were in Canada! People started building them in the British Isles about 500 years after the oldest one in Alberta. Dr. Gordon Freeman of the University of Alberta has found identical artifacts on both sides of the Atlantic during that period . . . with the oldest being in North America.
It is currently believed that the Gails (or Goidals) arrived in Ireland around 100 BC. However, some other tribes, related to the Gaels, arrived in Ireland at the beginning of the Iron Age of around 700 to 500 BC.