"Gaelic lessons in B.C." is how
Barry Fell was quoted recently as describing ogham inscriptions in the Stuart Lake region
of British Columbia.
The inscriptions are reported by John Corner
of Vernon in his Pictographs: Indian Rock Paintings in the Interior of B.C. published
1968, and show simple Celtic words written in ogham accompanied by pictures illustrating
the meanings of the words.
For example, the ogham letters,
C. D. D. L., ( pronounced coddle-ah?) may
be recognized as the Celtic word for "sleep", for which the modern Irish is
codladh (pro. Call-ooh). As Barry Fell sees it, the old Celtic form of
the word is CADAL, and so the pictograph of a reclining matchstick figure alongside the
ogham letters signified a place to sleep. Many ancient European writing
systems usually omit the vowels. So, by this convention, we would
expect the word for sleep to be written as on the Stuart Lake rocks. There are several
other equally surprising examples reported in the same source.