‘Hand of History’: Roman legions rang Celtic Europe’s death-knell and orchestrated Celtic Britain’s swansong, provoking Queen Boudicea’s anti-Roman revolt in “the worst disaster to befall the Roman Empire” – all of which had a huge bearing on the rise of Celtic Ireland, as elaborated here. This book presents Turoe’s Celtic Royal complex, unprecedented for its size and layout, but akin to Belgic oppida (as named by Caesar) in Southeast England and Western Europe . It hosts the Turoe Stone, Europe ’s most celebrated classic masterpiece of Celtic La Tene-decorated stone-art, set up on Turoe’s summit in the West of Ireland. Here its archaic history and hitherto unrecognized Royal Sanctuary trappings at the core of a vast Belgic oppidum defensive system of linear embankments, uniquely connected to the Celtic invasion of Ireland , are unfolded.
It was recorded by the renowned 1st century Greek geographer, Ptolemy of Alexandria. He located two capitals in the Ireland of his day, one at Armagh ’s Emain Macha, the other at Turoe, roughly at the centre of Co. Galway. He named it REGIA E TERA (Te[mh]ra), the old Celtic name for 'Capital at Turoe' (Cnoc Temhro). It is recorded in dindshenchas material (history of famous places) associated with the names of archaic kings and queens. It was suppressed by medieval pseudo-historians. Its archaic record is reconstructed here. “This book is not only of Irish significance, for its revelations should result in a reinterpretation of prehistoric and early historic Europe . Academics and experts in archaeological and allied fields must study what can only be a very important discovery.” (Dr. Hugh Weir). “Its awesome website, www.handofhistory.com explains a lot.” (Steve Cavanagh, Death Valley , California ).