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Forthcoming Book

"MEMORIES of the ANCESTORS"

These black and White pencil and ink illustrations came about as I completed the writing of a book: - "Memories of the Ancestors - the Ancient Celtic Mythology of Ireland, Britain and Europe". Here I have researched and re-told the myths and legends of many Celtic lands with the added dimension of background notes on the etymology of names within them.

Each picture represents an aspect of the featured story but depicts, instead of a scene from the story, an item of Celtic archaeology imbued with religious or status power. The reason for this being that Celtic peoples did not literally depict their gods, goddesses and heroes of legends as classical civilisations did (except in the rare cases of tribes who broke with this rule), but kept their figurative art semi-abstract.

These illustrations are intended to represent this ideal and decorate the opening of each chapter.

I am currently seeking a publisher for this book.

For contact details see home page.


Bronze figurine of Donnotarvos


Bronze figurine of Donnotarvos (The Divine Bull) from Hungary.
Bronze mount decorated with triskellion.


Bronze mount decorated with triskellion.
Wooden Fertility Idol, Ireland


Wooden Fertility Idol, Ireland.
White Horse of Uffington, UK


White Horse of Uffington, UK.
The Trundholm Sun Chariot, Denmark


The Trundholm Sun Chariot, Denmark.
The Beast of Noves


The Beast of Noves.
Temple Archway from Ligurian, Gaul


Temple Archway from Ligurian, Gaul.
Sun-Goddess Pendant from Ireland.


Sun-Goddess Pendant from Ireland.
Stone Head from statue at Roquepertuse, France.


Stone Head from statue at Roquepertuse, France.
Stone carving of Mokkos.


Stone carving of Mokkos.
Statue fragment from Germany.


Statue fragment from Germany.
Relief of Hunter with Trident.


Relief of Hunter with Trident.
Pictish carving of salmon and dolphin.


Pictish carving of salmon and dolphin.
Panel from Gundestrup Cauldron.
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Panel from Gundestrup Cauldron.
Maponos votive from Hadrians Wall.


Maponos votive from Hadrians Wall.
Gold Lunula or Sun-Disc from Ireland (3,000 BC).
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Gold Lunula or Sun-Disc from Ireland (3,000 BC).
German Celtic stone totem pillar.


German Celtic stone totem pillar.
Gaulish wine vessel.


Gaulish wine vessel.
Galation 'Janus'.


Galatian 'Janus'.
Fragment of bronze vessel, France.


Fragment of bronze vessel, France.
Eagle helmet mount.


Eagle helmet mount.
Celto-Ligurian 'Janus' from Roquepertuse, France.


Celto-Ligurian 'Janus' from Roquepertuse, France.
Celtic 'Venus' bronze figure.


Celtic 'Venus' bronze figure.
Celtic neck-ring.


Celtic neck-ring.
Celtic Coin.


Celtic Coin.
Celtiberian temple head carving.


Celtiberian temple head carving.
Carved tri-form head, thought to be an effigy of Lugos.


Carved tri-form head, thought to be an effigy of Lugos.



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