Monday, October 07, 2002

LexiLine Journal #37 - 2002 : Derrynablaha County Kerry Ireland Vela Carina

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One of the great rock drawing sites in Ireland is Derrynablaha, i.e. DERRY NABLAHA in County Kerry. Nablaha as a word should be familiar to readers of LexiLine, as we already have the Nabala Stone in the Baltic (Estonia) as a planisphere of the heavens in our LexiLine files.

As already indicated NABALA viz. NABLAHA is like the German NEBEL "fog" and Russian NEBO- "heaven", whence the German NIBELungen which I claim meant "astronomers". See neamh (heaven) in MacBain's dictionary.

Derrynablaha is a cupmarked rock drawing showing the separation of the Milky Way at Vela as representing the southwest of Ireland to which it matches quite well, as you can see at the uploaded files

milkywayend.gif and
milkywayend.tif and

nablaha.gif and
nablaha.tif

A number of stars including the False Cross are shown by the cupmarks, extending to Carina and Puppis.

Rather spectacular are the figures carved in stone below the cupmarked flat surface for the "down under" netherworld, figures which clearly include a Platypus, an animal known only in Tasmania and Australia, and thus again showing the wide sea-faring exploits of our geodetic Neolithic astronomical surveyors.

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