Conny Waters - AncientPages.com - People in Ireland have now more reason than ever to wonder where their ancestors came from. Ancient DNA reveals Irish are not Celts and it’s very possible ancestors of the Irish people came from Biblical lands in the Middle East.
The Celtsare a mysterious people who played a very important role in the history of ancient Europe. It has long been assumed that Irish people were closely related to Celts, but this theory could be wrong.
In 2006, Bertie Currie was clearing land to make a driveway for McCuaig's Bar on Rathlin Island off Antrim when he noticed a large, flat stone buried beneath the surface.
Currie realized that there was a large gap underneath the stone and investigated further.
What Carrie discovered could completely re-write history of ancient Ireland. "I shot the torch in and saw the gentleman, well, his skull and bones," Currie told the Washington Post.
He eventually found the remains of three humans and immediately called the police.
The remains of these ancient people have now been studied by scientists in Ireland and Britain who say DNA results show the ancestors of modern Irish people and predate the Celts' arrival on Irish shores by around 1,000 years.
Essentially, Irish DNA existed in Ireland before the Celts ever set foot on the island.
“Radiocarbon dating at Currie's McCuaig's Bar found that the ancient bones date back to at least 2,000 BC, which is hundreds of years older than the oldest known Celtic artifacts anywhere in the world,” Irish Central reports.