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Dr. Olmsted's Research Recognized

The French National Research Center (CNRS) Division of Prehistory has adopted a Bluefield State College faculty member's explanation of the calendar system used by the early Celts in France.

Dr. Garrett Olmsted, Associate Professor of Anthropology & Sociology at BSC devoted three years' research into developing a system to explain the calendar used by the Celts in the first century, B.C. His findings are detailed in his book, The Gaulish Calendar, published in Gaulish Germany in 1992. French philologists (historians specializing in the study of ancient calendars) were reluctant to accept Olmsted's system until very recently, when philologist Pinault confirmed in Gnomen (a critical publication for classical ancient history) that the BSC faculty member's findings are accurate and cannot be doubted.

"The development of the Celtic calendar is significant," Olmsted explained, "because it was the most accurate calendar in predicting the location of the sun and moon until the Gregorian calendar was developed in the mid-15th century." Olmsted examined bronze fragments of the original Celt calendars, whose creation dated back to about 100 B.C. and were copied repeatedly over the next 300 years. He also utilized photographs of original calendars in his research.

"I realized that 300 symbols on the calendars indicate the bronze plate contained a calendar with a 25-year cycle, but that it developed from one with a 30-year cycle," Olmsted continued. "The 25-year calendar was five times more accurate than earlier calendars. The French were at first reluctant to accept my explanation of the calendar system. I had to publish my work in Germany. It has taken the French five years to admit that I am right."

Olmsted, who regularly speaks at national and international historical colloquia, will be a featured presenter at Harvard later this semester. His program focuses upon ancient metalsmiths and coin art.