Thursday, October 24, 2002

LexiLine Journal #86 - 2002 : Turoe Stone County Galway Ireland Hydra


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To our file folder on Ancient Ireland
I have uploaded
turoe.gif and
turoe.tif

The Turoe graphics represent my decipherment of the famed Turoe Stone of County Galway, Ireland to show that it represents Hydra, in a system which I date to ca. 1 BC, as this depiction is fairly modern in origin.

The stars of Hydra are shown on the stone as circles or circular whorls and Hydra is shown to be almost a mythological creature, though the head is clearly visible.

One sees the Turoe stone clearly when the Turoe Stone is folded out into four parts
as at the folded-out Turoe Design at

http://www.unc.edu/courses/art111/celtic/design/turoe/turoe.html

using an idea from Peter Harbison's book,
Pre-Christian Ireland,
Thames and Hudson Ltd.,London, 1988, p. 159.

If you make the circles dark in color, one gets the same Hydra picture as above.

The Galway sister site, Ballynacloghy, is in my opinion about 3000 years older in its representation of Hydra and Leo.

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