English Excavation Unearths Mythical Druids

The history of Druids is shrouded in mystery, and most of what we know about them is based on limited records.


The Druids were powerful priests in the ancient Celtic world and served not only as priests and messengers from the gods but as teachers, judges, healers, and more. The druids had in their possession not only the religious power of the Celtic world but also the political. The history of Druids is shrouded in mystery, and most of what we know about them is based on limited records. Nonetheless, Druidism is believed to have been part of European Celtic and Gaulish culture. Their first references are believed to date back to around 200 BC.

One of the earliest accounts that mention the Druids was written by Julius Ceaser. Most of the knowledge about Druids and their ways comes from Roman writers. The meaning of the word Druid is debatable. Most experts suggest it originates from the word “doire” translated in Irish-Gaelic to the oak tree and wisdom. The oak tree is often used as a symbol of knowledge. We know from history that the ancient Druids connected to the natural world and considered trees very sacred, particularly the oak tree. Within the Druids, there were subsections that were identified with color-coded robes.


The Archdruid was the eldest Druid, usually considered the wisest. He would wear golden robes. Ordinary Druids, on the other hand, would wear white robes and acted as priests. However, there was also a class of Druids called the Sacrificers, who would fight and wear red-colored robes. Blue Birds were the artistic class. New recruits were tasked with more straightforward tasks and would wear either brown or black robes.

Discovering new details about the Druids is, therefore, of great value to historians, who are then able to piece together puzzles and answer questions that have been lingering for years. When archaeologists come across Druid burials, they know they won’t disappoint.


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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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