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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User Review  - FKarr - LibraryThing

Best part of the book was the mythology and ancient histories of origin and settlement and then the comparison of more verifiable history. The genetic history was a little thin and relied a little too much on the author's other works. Read full review

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User Review  - Familyhistorian - LibraryThing

Bryan Sykes has a way of taking the science behind genetic roots and making it more understandable. He does this once again in "Saxons, Vikings, and Celts". In this book Sykes combines the story of ... 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 the author of Saxons, Vikings, and Celts and the New York Times bestseller The Seven Daughters of Eve.

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