NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE LEWIS CHESSMEN: SCOTTISH GOVERN

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NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE LEWIS CHESSMEN: SCOTTISH GOVERN

Post by kbcl1 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:57 am

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE

LEWIS CHESSMEN: SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT RESOLUTE ON NEED TO REUNITE PIECES

The Scottish Government is committed to campaigning to have the Lewis Chessmen reunited in an independent Scotland.

The position is set out in reply to a query from the Celtic League (see link below) about the return of the chessmen pieces held in London to Scotland.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celtic_le ... ssage/3588

The Scottish position contrasts markedly with the more ambivalent stance of the Welsh Assembly government over the return to Wales of the `Gold Cape of Mold' (see link):

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/celtic_le ... ssage/3607

"Scottish Government
Riaghaltas na h-Alba

Stiuireachas Cultar agus Didseatach
Culture and Digital Directorate
Roinn Cultar
Culture Division


Ar faidhle/Our ref: 201 1/00052150R

24 March 2011

Dear Mr Moffatt

Thank you for your letter of 17 February addressed to the Minister for Culture and External Affairs. I have been asked to reply.

The Lewis Chessmen are regarded as one of the most significant archaeological discoveries ever made in Scotland and are of international importance. They consist of the remains of four complete gaming sets, probably made in Norway in the late 12th or early 13th century.

The set was broken up after being exhibited by the Scottish Society of Antiquaries in 1831, which could not afford to buy it. The British Museum legitimately acquired 82 of the Chessmen when they were sold by an Edinburgh dealer for 80 guineas. The remaining 11 are held by the National Museum of Scotland.

There have been a number of discussions between the British Museum and the Scottish Government about the location of the Chessmen. However, the repatriation of items from museums and galleries is always a sensitive issue whether they be human remains or cultural objects. The British Museum have strongly resisted the transfer of ownership or even a permanent loan and consider that the Lewis Chessmen are one of their top 10 British treasures.


As you say, the Scottish Government has previously stated that it believes that it is unacceptable that only eleven Lewis Chessmen rest at the National Museum of Scotland while the other eighty two remain in the British Museum. Current Scottish Ministers have also said that they will continue to campaign for a reunited set of Lewis Chessmen in an independent Scotland.

Temporary loans however, do occur with pieces having gone to Stornoway in 1995 and 2000 and currently, the Lewis Chessmen are on a tour of Scotland, including the Western Isles where they were discovered. This is the first time in more than a century that the pieces have been reunited. While this is obviously not a permanent situation, Ministers recognise this to be a very good example of partnership working between the British Museum and the National Museum of Scotland that has enabled people across Scotland to see and enjoy the Chessmen.

Thank you for your interest in the Lewis Chessmen and I hope that this information is of assistance to you.

Yours sincerely

Gail Clapton
Cultural Excellence"

Related link here:

http://celticartefacts.yolasite.com/

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League

20/03/11

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Post by Marhak » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:53 pm

Kernow should have the Rillaton Gold Cup, andthe Morvah and Towednack Gold Hoards returned to its own soil, too. Oh, and Greece must secure the return of the Parthenon Friezes (Never heard of 'em? Try "Elgin Marbles" - who but the English could name such a thing after the thief that stole them?)

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Post by Cormorant » Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:33 pm

What have the Celts got to do with Norse artifacts?

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Post by Cormorant » Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:58 pm

All the rest of the "Cornish" treasures you mention, Marhak, are Bronze Age at least.

Long before "Cornwall" or the Celts.

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Post by Marhak » Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:33 pm

We don't know how old "Kernow" is. The name was recorded c400 AD but there were no written records prior to the Roman occupation. Your idea of the Celts is the discredited Victorian one. Celtic developed from Indo-European along the Atlantic coasts of Europe and spread north to Britain and Ireland by the Neolithic period. Although there were movements of people, mostly connected with trade, throughout the prehistoric period, there were no "invasions" or major movements. That the Celts arrived at the beginning of the Iron Age is now seen as a myth. They've been here since about 4000BC. The Bronze Age goods are Celtic.

A misreading of Herodotus was to blame for the myth that haunted archaeology for far too long. He stated that the homeland of the Celts was near the source of the Danube (which would be central Europe near the Hallstatt and La Tene), but what wasn't noticed was that Herodotus placed the source of the Danube near the Pyrenees. In which case, he was spot-on. (Read Barry Cunliffe's works written in the last 15 years). La Tene art isn't classically Celtic, but came here by way of trade, its style being adopted by native craftsmen.

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Post by Marhak » Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:42 am

Most of the sites and monuments being masqueraded as "English Heritage" vastly predate the coming of the English to these islands, let alone any mention of England (first recorded 890 AD). Yet you hear people like Time Team telling the gullible public about when the Romans invaded England. They didn't - not without a time machine - they invaded Britain. The builders of Stonehenge and Avebury spoke Celtic.

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