We again had two lectures this morning:
1) Celtic Myth and Reality. The Kingdom of Dumnonia, and 2) The
Imposition of English Rule. Cornwell in the Middle Ages. Again they
were outstanding. Andrew is very careful not to just give out the
standard tourist talk, and is very up to date on current historical
A major point he made is that DNA
analysis had confirmed that the ancestry of the British people
has changed little since the earliest times. This is counter to
usual notions that Celtic, and later Germanic, invaders had overwhelmed
the original population.
After the lectures we had a buffet lunch
at the hotel and then a guided walk around Penzance,
with many stops for talks by Andrew. Nothing
very momentous but, with Andrew's commentary, interersting. Later
he took someof the group on a walk to Newlyn, the fishing village
just west of Penzance, but we passed up that opportuity.
I was impressed that the city had put up
a statue of Sir Humphry Day, the famous chemist, and that there
was even a pub named after him. He was born in Penzance and had
invented the Davy safety lamp for miners.