The Origins of the British: A Genetic Detective Story : the Surprising Roots of the English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh

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Carroll & Graf, 2006 - History - 534 pages
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History has long maintained that the Anglo-Saxon overtaking of the Iron Age Celts was the origin of the British people. "Celtic Britain" reconstructs the peopling of Britain -- through a study of genetics, climatology, archaeology, language, culture, and history -- and overturns that myth and others. The Anglo-Saxons, who supposedly conquered the Celts, contributed only five to ten percent of the British gene pool. The "Atlantic Celts," long believed to have migrated to Britain from Central Europe around 300 BC during the Iron Age, can be linked genetically to the people of Basque country. And linguistic evidence suggests that, besides Celtic languages, a Germanic-type language similar to Norse was also spoken in Britain long before the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons.
In this groundbreaking study, Stephen Oppenheimer explaines the surprising roots of the present-day cultural identities of the English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh.

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User Review  - Malarchy - LibraryThing

The Origins of the British still make for contentious and fascinating debate amongst the people of these isles and this work adds strongly to the discussion. The purpose of the book appears to be to ... Read full review

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User Review  - priamel - LibraryThing

1.5 stars is my code for 'I gave up'. I got as far as page 140 or so trying to ignore all the errors in linguistics, then 'sub-structural' for 'substratal' was just too much for me. The stuff on genetics may well be fine, and I didn't get far enough to encounter much history. Read full review


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Stephen Oppenheimer of the University of Oxford is an expert in the use of DNA to track migrations. His Out of Eden rewrote the prehistory of man’s peopling of the world in a thesis since confirmed in Science, while Eden in the East: the Drowned Continent of Southeast Asia challenged the view of the origins of Polynesians as Taiwanese rice farmers.

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