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The Origins of the British: A Genetic Detective Story

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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.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780786718900
Subtitle:
A Genetic Detective Story
Publisher:
Basic Books
Author:
Oppenheimer, Stephen
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Human beings
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Publication Date:
20061107
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.42x6.34x1.92 in. 2.16 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Europe
Reference » Genealogy » General

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