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Dr. Garrett Olmsted’s Scholarly Research Gains International Attention

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    Friday, March 30 2012
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

olmsted garrett(Bluefield)—Dr. Garrett Olmsted's reputation as an authoritative source on the Celtic culture, religion, and arts has been the foundation for a once prompted a television production company in England to feature the Bluefield State College Professor of Social Sciences in four one-hour programs that were telecast on the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) and the History Channel. The series is still available for viewing on the Web as a Google Video (Terry Jones' Barbarians: The Primitive Celts).

This series explores encounters between Romans and non-Romans from non-Roman perspectives. Oxford associate producer Clare Lynch cited Olmsted's extensive published research and academic presentations about the Celts in requesting his presence during the three-week production effort. Terry Jones' commentary on and interview with Olmsted may be found about 10 minutes into The Primitive Celts. The series was particularly interested in Dr. Olmsted's work on the highly-accurate and astronomically-advanced Celtic calendar system, which was better than anything produced by the Greeks, Romans, or Egyptians. "The series shows that the scientific and cultural abilities of supposed Barbarian peoples were not appropriately recognized or appreciated by their Greek and Roman conquerors because of their own cultural biases," Olmsted explained.

Olmsted was also selected by the search engine "Answers.com" as the world's authoritative source on Celtic Religion. Answers.com has been cited by the Wall Street Journal as a one-of-a-kind site that provides only a single website for information related to a specific topic.

Five books written by Olmsted, Celtic Art in Transition during the First Century B.C., The Gods of the Celts & the Indo-Europeans, The Gaulish Calendar, and A Definitive Reconstructed Text of the Coligny Calendar are among his voluminous published research on the early Celts. He has written more than 30 papers on the Celts, including first-time translations of Gaulish and Archaic Irish poetry. To develop his books and articles on the Celts, Olmsted had to learn to read 20 different languages, including Sanskrit, Gaulish, Greek, and early Germanic texts. He has detailed his research at conferences in Wales, Belgium, Scotland, Italy, France, Ireland, and Romania.