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DNA Study Reveals Strong Irish/Egyptian Connection

The notion that ancient Egyptians played a role in Irish history has been around for a while, but it has never been taken seriously by mainstream archaeology. New DNA research, however, is causing many to take another look at the old story.

For centuries, if not millennia, both Ireland and Scotland have claimed origins in Egypt. According to one account Gaythelus, creator of the Goidelic languages and ancestor of the Gaels, went to Egypt at the time of the Exodus, where he married Scota, daughter of the Pharaoh and, after the destruction of the Egyptian army in the Red Sea, fled with her to what would become Portugal, and then later to Ireland. Scota, say the chronicles, arrived in Ireland in about 1700 BC where her descendants were to become the “high kings of Ireland.” Ultimately, she was killed in battle at Tara, where the tribe of Danu is reputed to have placed the Lia Fáil, or Stone of Destiny, coronation stone for the “High Kings of Ireland”—at least those before AD 500. (To read more see, “Uneasy Stone,” by Phillip Coppens in AR #73, January/February, 2009.)

While some may consider much of that story fanciful, the researchers from Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast sequenced the genomes of ancient Irish and discovered unmistakable evidence of massive migration from the Middle East to Ireland. The research was published in in 2018, in the international journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA.

According to Trinity professor Dan Bradley, the study’s leader, “There was a great wave of genome change that swept into Europe, from above the Black Sea into Bronze Age Europe, and we now know it washed all the way to the shores of its most westerly island.” The research indicates that before the migration, Ireland’s earliest people, who may have come from as far away as the Middle East, were quite different than today’s Celtic people.



New Sphinx Said Found

Egyptian antiquities authorities say they have found another Sphinx, not as big as the ‘Great’ one on the Giza plateau near Cairo, but big enough to excite Egyptologists. Workers building a road from Karnak to Luxor, near the Valley of the Kings, made the new find. While there are many sphinxes, most notably along the ‘Avenue of the Sphinxes’ leading to the Luxor temple, this one, it is theorized, is a mate of some kind for the Great Sphinx. By press time, however, no photos of the new sphinx had emerged.

Two British researchers, Gerry Cannon and Malcolm Hutton, predicted in 2017, that such a discovery would be made, but they expected it to be under a mound next to the Great Sphinx. Bassem al-Shamaa another Egyptologist theorized that a female Sphinx, a mate to the Great one, would be found parallel to it, underneath the Valley Temple of Khafre.

For those persuaded that the Great Sphinx dates from before the end of the last ice age, however, the existence of many smaller copies produced in later dynastic times, serves only to underscore the idea that Giza’s Great Sphinx was a prototype, one-of-kind, for which, there can be no true equal, only knockoffs.


Did a Near Collision with a Rogue Star Tilt Our Solar System?

Our solar system may have suffered a near-death experience, while still in its youth. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn say a near collision with a “rogue star”—one with mass similar to our Sun—is the kind of catastrophe that could have left the solar system in the strange condition we find today, and that such an event might well have created a ‘Planet X,’ the long sought—but still missing—Tenth Planet, postulated by many, including the late Zecharia Sitchin.

The solar system, it is generally believed, was formed from a protoplanetary disk consisting of gas and dust. Since the cumulative mass of all objects beyond Neptune is much smaller than expected and the bodies there have mostly inclined, eccentric orbits, it is considered likely that some very ancient process restructured the outer solar system after its formation. According to Susanne Pfalzner, one author of a new study, a close fly-by of a neighboring star could simultaneously lead to the observed lower mass density in the outer part of the solar system and excite the bodies there into eccentric, inclined orbits, as found with the dwarf planet Sedna. Computer simulations show that many additional bodies at high inclinations still await discovery, perhaps including the notorious Planet X.

The new study is published in an August 2018 issue of The Astrophysical Journal.