Can anyone shed some light on this?
A few researches believe that some time in the 6th Century the Island of Ireland and UK etc (Britan at the time) was damaged from a Comet that wiped out much of Bolivia around 532AD.
It was said that the land was not able to support human life etc for up to 11 years after the event.
The same researchers believe that it was surpressed by the Church at the time because the whole idea of comets falling from space was just not possible! The earth was flat remember.
Anyways, would be interesting to hear others views on the Irish Comet and the overall effect it had.
Mabey the comet was the real reason for columba for leaving our island at that time!!!!! Will we ever know?
Talking of light, wasn't this incident supposed to be the real reason for the "Dark Ages" actually being referred to as "Dark"?
I remember seeing a documentary a few years ago, where a scientist from NI went into detail on the subject, explaining that the debris in the atmosphere blocked the sunlight for a period, so crops didn't grow etc., leading to very hard times.
I'll have to go for a Google.
This is incorrect.
Firstly, any impact debris would be present in the sub-soil, such as tektites etc.
Secondly, I've never come across any documentary evidence that mention this for this period.
Thirdy, the assumption that this was a cover-up by the Church belongs in the pages of the DaVinci code.
Your reply comes of as a bit of a stockholm syndrome type of person.
I didnt say it was correct or incorrect but more that it was a belief. The eveidence suggests that it did happen but there is far to much pressure to tell the truth to the people because of the effect such truth would have.
You have to keep on telling lies to cover up.
Its like the whole celtic thing, a simple search will reveal that the term "Celt" or "Celtic" didnt even exist prior to 1749.
Britan was not impacted as such by this comet but more damaged by it when it flew past low overhead the islands burning up the atmosphere. Look into the Bolivia Comet strike of 6th century.
My opinion is that the history of this event was surpressed by the powers that be at the time hence history has been made up alot along the way
You mean before 1709 and in the English language. It's a direct borrowing from Greek (via Latin). The word Κελτοί (Keltoi) dates to at least the 6th century BC in Greek. Either way Irish and Welsh are closely related languages, both in turn are closest suriving languages to Gaulish which is the language of Gaul. The Gauls are of course "La Tène Celts" in material culture. The argument is like saying that because the word Tocharian didn't exist in english until the 20th century that there were no people speaking a group of related languages (at least 2) that are know in english language as Tocharian.
I should add unless you can provide some links to scientific journals (Astrophysics etc.) that prove that such a comet strike occurred in Bolivia then I'm going to lock the thread. Or move it to somewhere like AH.
Halley's Comet 532 & Dionysius the monk who did calenders and stuff.
Conspiracy Theories ???
Mike Baillie was the scientist to whom I referred earlier. It's not as if he plucked his theory from nowhere, and there seems to be enough evidence to support it. I don't know about the Bolivian aspect of it, but there seemed to be enough going on across the rest of the planet without that.
Double impact may have caused tsunami, global cooling
I was just about to reply with the tree-ring research that shows a significant event happened during the 6th century. But you already have that now.
I am not dismissing that something happened
There have been events like the Greenland Vikings
and the Little Ice Age.
This bit in the OP;The same researchers believe that it was surpressed by the Church at the time because the whole idea of comets falling from space was just not possible! The earth was flat remember, makes me think pre-history and that the simplest explanation is that it was before written records began.
So I am not disputing the events , but, the church conspiracy thing is a bit far fetched for the era.
I can imagine all of the religions at the time coming up with all kinds of crap to keep the peasants in check.
That cosmic debris impacts earth on occasion is well known. This has effected every life on this planet since the end of the dinosaurs. However, ring tree evidence can be effected by a number of other causes, such as solar output which has its own regular cycle of max/min output.
I fail to see a link for such an impact in Boliva which would have made Ireland uninhabitable? Again, no ash debris has been found Ireland, afaik.
The impact scale of this would have global. Other civilisatons at the time outside the reach of the Church would have recorded this.
It's the native Gaulish ethnonym and most likely the original Proto-Celtic Ethnonym. They would have called themselves Keltoi. For a summary of the research suporting this see:
Celts, Galatians and Gauls: the etymology of Greek Keltoi, Galatai and Latin Galli
- Kim McCone, Tionól 2007.
Although any of McCone's articles on the topic will suffice.