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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This was both more interesting and more satisfying than I expected. I had anticipated a good, but mostly satisfies-idle-curiosity-about-{subject} type of book, but Oppenheimer did far more than a ... Read full review

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Comprehensive analysis refuting the historical argument that the Anglo-Saxon invasions eradicated the 'native' people of England. Oppenheimer uses genetics, archeology, linguistics, and literature to ... 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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