Rocky wrote:Each of those maps easily to a coastal island or port.
You clearly appreciate the importance of deep water ports/quays, ideal for loading shiploads of tin. I came across a long article on Mont St.-Michel and Ictis candidates, one of which was posited as Guernsey:John MacCormack strongly favours the Channel Islands as 'Ictis', the place where the natives sold tin to merchants who carried it across to Gaul. He believes that the much lower sea-level around the English Channel in Roman times would have given these islands the appearance described by Diodorus Siculus writing in circa 30 BC. MacCormack, a renowned expert on Channel Islands' history, agrees that 'Grand Havre' at Vale, would have provided an ideal harbour on Guernsey, though less so in a westerly gale when St Peter Port would have been better sheltered. MacCormack also believes that the Cistercians may have been responsible for the navigational light on Les Écrehous which was re-founded by Val Richer in 1203. Finally, MacCormack reports historian Richard Hocart of the Historic Buildings Section of La Société Guernesiaise as suggesting that since both the Lihou and Vale Priories were effectively cut off from most of Guernsey at high tide, the chapel of St. George might have served Mont-Saint-Michel and its officers as a place from which to oversee their possessions which were mostly in the Castel parish where the land around St. George forms a separate sub-fief.
Boreades wrote:Maybe it's time we looked north, starting with Ireland, and some of its history.
Iona wrote:Boreades wrote:Maybe it's time we looked north, starting with Ireland, and some of its history.
People from southern Spain - perhaps Celti-Iberians - are known to have been voyaging to Britain and Ireland at least five thousand years ago. I've an idea these sailors were Basques. They appear to have been traders rather than invaders.
Boreades wrote:If a quay was built in 350BC, it must have already have been a regular trading port with significant volumes of copper and tin to make it worthwhile. Or there was a brand new mine nearby?
Or perhaps it was a boatyard for building and repairing Veneti-style trade ships?
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