Cairn of Elsay Broch (Staxigoe)

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Amazing site perched on the coast. It is not far from The Pap broch, reinforcing my belief that all brochs in the Highlands were connected by line of sight. How else could the Picts have possibly survived 4 Roman military campaigns in Scotland? Communications and intelligence are vital to military victory, and line of sight is the only possible way the Picts could have passed intelligence quickly around the Highlands. It was also while spending time at this broch, trying to picture life at war with the Romans, that I finally settled on where the Picts had come from. I now firmly believe they were Israelites who had fled Israel to escape the Romans. That would also explain why Joseph of Arimathea traveled to Scotland. It is possible that Calgacus and Joseph of Arimathea were one and the same person. I've said it before and I'll say it again: the Picts were not savages, they were intelligent, they were organised, they were industrious, they were warriors and they defeated Rome.


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