Ancient Vermont

Author(s): Peter J. Reynolds; Anne Ross

Year: 1977


The authors of this paper were invited to attend a conference on 'Ancient Vermont' held at Castleton in Vermont in October 1977,and to examine and comment upon the 'evidence' for the extensive occupation of New England by Celts and others in the first or second millennium BC as propounded by Professor L. B. Fell of Harvard University. The 'evidence' consists broadly of supposed 'Ogam' and 'proto-Ogam' inscriptions on rocks and stones and megalithic stone structures, some of the structures appearing to have specific orientation in association with standing stones which, it has been suggested, indicates possible solar observatories.The nature of some of the evidence was examined by the authors both in the field and in an exhibition as well as by way of papers delivered at the conference. The conclusions reached were negative concerning any material evidence of a Celtic presence but do not, of course, preclude the possibility that Celts reached the New World in remote antiquity, nor deny that there are numerous anomalous features in the New

England landscape which need to be carefully documented, explored and analysed.

Cite this Record

Ancient Vermont. Peter J. Reynolds, Anne Ross. Antiquity. 52: 100-107. 1977 ( tDAR id: 438123) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8438123

This Resource is Part of the Following Collections


Celtic Experimental Archaeology New England New World Ogam

Geographic Keywords

Temporal Keywords
Iron Age Prehistoric

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): EXARC Experimental Archaeology Collection Manager


Rights & Attribution: Christine Shaw contributed a copy of this document to the collection. EXARC thanks her for her dedication to preserving the Butser Ancient Farm Archive.

General Note: More information about the Butser Ancient Farm Archive and this document can be found at

File Information

  Name Size Creation Date Date Uploaded Access
Anc_Vermont-1977.pdf 5.87mb Sep 19, 2017 2:33:11 AM Public