Some months ago I read the following statement from Graham Isaac (2007:75):
Although one would have thought that that hypothesis [i.e., ltalo-Celtic~MW] had been laid to rest by the seminal work of past decades, it is clearly kept as a live issue in certain quarters.
As a resident of one of those infested quarters where long-dead theories walk like zombies seeking out new brains to infect, I was a bit surprised. For it had long been my opinion that the nuanced, but also macabre, view of Italo-Celtic expressed by Warren Cowgill (1970:114) was very near to the truth:
It might be said that in reopening the grave just closed by Watkins I have found neither an empty coffin nor a living adult prematurely buried, but a stillborn infant.