Lascaux cave art

Lascaux cave art

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The Ancient Presence of the Germanic Peoples in England

I have already demonstrated on these blogs that the Germanic peoples had a much earlier presence in the British Isles than the hitherto accepted date of around 449CE (Anglo-Saxon Chronicles). See my article The Belgae and the Ancient Germanic Colonisation of England (11/4/13)

Indeed the English language itself as Oppenheimer has demonstrated is much older than linguists conventionally give credit to. Indeed it may represent an ancient form of Germanic and be separate from the West Germanic (or North Germanic) language groups. The presence of the Germanic English tribes may be detected right back to the Bronze and even Neolithic Ages. Thus as our Folk Warder, Wulf Ingessunu rightly points out the English RETURNED to these islands in the 5th century CE. The complete lack of a Celtic or ancient British presence in many parts of southern Britain is due to the fact that large parts of England were already colonised by the English prior to the 5th century. This helps to explain the complete lack of Celtic loan words, place names or evidence of much warfare.

".....but starts to look as if it could include some of the period of the Later Neolithic and Bronze Age, when, as we have seen, there do appear to be genetic and cultural influences coming into Eastern England from southern Scandinavia and North-West Europe." (The Origins of the British)

The key to this puzzle is to be found in the Belgae who Caesar commented were a separate people from the Gauls:

 "The whole of Gaul is divided into three parts, one of which the Belgae inhabit, the Aquitani another, and the third a people who in their own language are called `Celts`, but in ours, `Gauls`." (De Bello Gallico)

Indeed not only were the Belgae separate from the Gauls but contrary to modern sloppy scholarship they were in fact a Germanic people:
"When Caesar asked the two convoys about the Belgic states-how many were under arms, and what was their strength in war-he discovered that most of the Belgae were of German extraction, and had long ago crossed the Rhine and settled on the western side because of the fertility of the soil. They had forced out the Gauls who dwelt there."(De Bello Gallico) [My emphasis]

Oppenheimer believes that the Belgae probably spoke a Germanic language and their presence in Britain is to be detected BEFORE the Roman invasion:

"perhaps ancestral to Dutch or Frisian which they carried to England even before the Roman invasions."
 "While several personal and tribal names in Belgica described by Caesar have a clearly Gaulish derivation, a larger proportion do not, and some may have belonged to the Germanic branch of Indo-European."

Significantly the Belgae occupied those areas of England which were subsequently colonised by the Anglo-Saxons on their arrival. This enable a smooth transition for the planting of the Anglo-Saxons in England.

It is my belief that the English were responsible for the construction of phases II and III of Stonehenge. Academics attribute this monument to the Indo-European Wessex Warrior culture. It is accepted that these builders of Stonehenge (an Old English word) spoke an Indo-European language but scholars are at a loss to know which one. I think this article answers that question!


Rayne said...

This makes loads of sense that the earlier people on the British isles were a Germanic people, and yes modern scholars are a "sloppy" fat bunch.

Odin's Raven said...

Have you seen the book by M.J.Harper 'The History of Britain Revealed'?

Wotans Krieger said...

No I haven't but I will look into it, thanks.