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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Video: linguists confront the linguists who claimed Veleia's texts were falsifications

If there's any reader with sufficient knowledge of Spanish and interested on the linguistic debate on the controversial Roman Age inscriptions (in Basque and Latin) from Iruña-Veleia, officially declared "false" a year ago by the provincial government and an academic panel essentially made up of philologists, not archaeologists, you can watch the conference by linguists Luis Silgo and Hector Iglesias organized by SOS-Veleia at En el Ángulo Oscuro or at Vimeo (a video hosting site), distributed in 7 videos [also at the SOS-Iruña-Veleia site].

There are many interesting points, as you can imagine but what most called my attention was when Hector Iglesias said that the grafitti also damage his own theory on Basque-Iberism (i.e. the identity of Basque and Iberian language) but that he still thinks that they are consistent and not any falsification. Furthermore he said, as did in a previous paper, that some of the texts require such erudition that make practically impossible that they are falsifications. These hyper-erudite words, like "Miscart" (a variant of the Phoenician god Melkart) or "Denos" (an ill-known Celtic name), were precisely the main arguments of their accuser linguists, who seem to only have demonstrated their ignorance and bad faith.

For further information on this controversy, which has destroyed the reputation of a whole archaeology company (LURMEN) and the career of the archaeologists in charge (Eliseo Gil and Idoia Filloy), mostly because the findings challenged the theories of some popes of Basque linguistics, you can check the various posts here at Leherensuge on the matter.

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