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Togher - Wooden trackways

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    Posted: 02-Dec-2014 at 18:17

The best examples of wooden trackways from Iron Age are in the south Baltic, in the area of Lower Saxony inhabited by Chauci, and in east Ireland, in the area inhabited by Cauci. The way these Iron Age wooden corduroy roads were constructed is so similar and superior to the rest of the roads found, that archaeologists have long “suspected” that they could have only been built by the same people. But because history says that there has been no migration from south Baltic (Elbe estuary, and Lowlands, Jutland region) to Ireland during early Iron Age, the possibility that they might have been built by the same people was discarded.

In Irish wooden trackways are called Togher and Tochar.Official meaning of the words Togher, Tochar in Irish is causeway, wooden trackway. But there is a village in the Wicklow mountains which is in English called Roundwood. Its Irish name is Tochar. Roundwood was the material from which wooden trackways called Togher and Tochar were made. Did people in Wicklow preserve the original meaning of the word Tochar: Roundwood?

In Serbian there is a word "tokariti" which means to spin. It also means working the material by spinning it and applying force from the side, which produces round, disc like objects, from roundwood, like disk cart wheels. In Serbian, word "tokar" means turner. In Serbian, Turkish and Bulgarian, we also have a word "toka" which means disc like metal ornament worn on the chest like clasps, fibula, button.

Is Irish word Tochar, Togher related to Serbian word Toka, Tokar, Tokariti? And are these words relics from some old Central European language from the time of the first wheel, wheeled carts and wooden trackway builders?

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