The latest issue of Celtic Connections features further fascinating and inspiring articles - these include details of the recent internationally-significant discovery on the Scilly Island of Bryher of a unique Iron Age burial in which both a sword and a bronze mirror were found, and the site's subsequent excavation by Cornwall Archaeology Unit. This exciting discovery is unique to North West Europe. Also in this issue there is a comprehensive account of the origins, history and spiritual purpose of The Labyrinth, and a picture gallery of Images from Ireland, which include the Turoe Stone and the Gallarus Oratory, as well as the unique monolithic Celtic cross on the remote island of Skellig Michael , off the coast of County Kerry.

The magnificent Cross of The Scriptures, shown above, is featured on the front cover of this issue, and dates from the early 9th century. It is in the grounds of the ancient Celtic monastic community of Clonmacnoise in County Offaly, Ireland. The picture was taken by the Rev. George Dobbs, who leads pilgrimage groups to ancient Celtic monastic sites in Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Also in this issue you can read the story of the remarkable Celtic beadwork and buttons created by Annie Wealleans of Black Dragon Crafts in south west Wales. There is a further section on a newly discovered Iron age settlement dating back to at least 500BC, at present undergoing excavation at Portesham in West Dorset. This was discovered initially by accident when property developers moved in to prepare ground for new buildings. Plus further articles and information to stimulate your interest in the Celtic World.

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