Dutch Open Air Circle Sanctuary 2000 BCE
In Tiel, archaeologists have discovered a 4000-year-old open-air sanctuary with burial mounds. It was no less than three football fields large with several hills. In the hills people were buried. The largest Hill was also a solar calendar 20 m in diameter. There were 60 men, women and children buried around it in a ditch with open passages to the hill.
Archaeologists discovered that these passages formed a solar calendar. The sun shines through them on the shortest and longest day of the year. People used the calendar to determine important events like feast and harvest days.
Archaeologists also discovered that the sunbeams passed through the openings towards other important places in the landscape. These probably had a ritual significance such as indicating directions to a large farm or to another burial field.
Archaeologists also found something special. They found the oldest glass bead in the Netherlands. This bead comes all the way from Mesopotamia, a distance of almost 5,000 km and that was 4000 years ago. Who was the person who made this special bead and why was it sacred for 4000 years ago. That's one more of the riddles surrounding the sanctuary of Tiel.
Druid Civilization Becomes The Druid Priestly Class
(June 21, 2023) Despite the arrive of the Indo-Europeans the religion of the ancient Druid civilization continued in most areas outside of Rome and Greece. The temples and sanctuaries in these Druid lands were the drivers of commerce and trade. This led to Alphabetic Akkadian literacy, first for commerce and then for religious and philosophical purposes. Because Akkadian was the language of trade and religion it continued to be spoken by educated specialists long after the native languages around them changed towards the Indo-European of the ruling class. Akkadian became like the Latin of later Renaissance Europe. For example, all the northern Runic texts are written in Alphabetic Akkadian until they faded away by 1300. The ability to speak and write Akkadian came to define this ancient priestly class which became the "Druids" mentioned by Greek and Roman authors.