posted on Feb, 20 2013 @ 10:54 PM
reply to post by skalla
there is about nine thousand years of post ice age british history prior to the celts that can be considered.
Prehistory rather than history, though you are right. And there is not the slightest reason to think these ancient Britons were dark-skinned. We have
no idea what they looked like. The first Britons of which anything is known genetically seem to have been
Celts from Spain
also, no civilisations south of the sahara - you are not serious surely? what time period do you mean? not heard of Ile Ife? if i bothered to
do some research i reckon i could find more
I hadn't heard of Ile-Ife, so I looked it up. Thanks for the pointer. Apparently it was a place, in what is now Nigeria, where a community was first
established about 600BC and produced sculptural art of quality from about 1000AD–1400AD.
I didn't mean to give the impression of a continent of naked savages living in mud huts. One is aware of the Benin bronzes and the great slave- and
gold-trading kingdoms of that region. But my definition of civilisation, as I said before, implies high culture. Ile-Ife was hardly a contender for
that if you consider that the sixth century BC was the era of classical antiquity—the era of Pythagoras, Buddha and Confucius—and that the
celebrated bronzes later produced at Ile-Ife were cast at a time when Europe was moving through the mediaeval era into the Renaissance—the coming
age of Raphael, Leonardo and Michaelangelo.
Compared with its contemporaries, Ile-Ife was a provincial culture, doubtless influenced by and trading with the more powerful civilisations around
it. Its existence is not trivial, but it had no effect on the greater story of humankind.
edit on 20/2/13 by Astyanax because: of definition.