Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland

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W. W. Norton & Company, Dec 17, 2007 - Social Science - 336 pages
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From the best-selling author of The Seven Daughters of Eve, a perfect book for anyone interested in the genetic history of Britain, Ireland, and America.

One of the world's leading geneticists, Bryan Sykes has helped thousands find their ancestry in the British Isles. Saxons, Vikings, and Celts, which resulted from a systematic ten-year DNA survey of more than 10,000 volunteers, traces the true genetic makeup of the British Isles and its descendants, taking readers from the Pontnewydd cave in North Wales to the resting place of the Red Lady of Paviland and the tomb of King Arthur. This illuminating guide provides a much-needed introduction to the genetic history of the people of the British Isles and their descendants throughout the world.
 

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Review: Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland

User Review  - Carmen - Goodreads

The fascinating story of how the British Isles came to be populated the way it was by researching the DNA through the blood. A lecturer at Oxford, Sykes is able to make the information comprehensible and entertaining to all, not just scientists. I can't wait to read more of his books. Read full review

Review: Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland

User Review  - Margaret Skrivseth - Goodreads

A good explanation of the genetic make-up of the British Isles. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Twelve Thousand Years of Solitude
5
Who Do We Think We Are?
20
The Resurgent Celts
44
The Skull Snatchers
59
The Blood Bankers
78
The Silent Messengers
92
The Nature of the Evidence
110
Scotland
165
ThePicts
177
The DNA of Scotland
186
Wales
219
The DNA of Wales
231
Saxons Danes Vikings and Normans
255
The Blood of the Isles
277
Index
293

Ireland
120
The DNA of Ireland
147

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Bryan Sykes, professor of human genetics at Oxford University, pioneered the use of DNA in exploring the human past. He is also the founder and chairman of Oxford Ancestors (oxfordancestors.com), which helps individuals explore their genetic roots using DNA. He is the author of Saxons, Vikings, and Celts; The Seven Daughters of Eve, a New York Times bestseller; and Adam’s Curse.

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