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The Origins of the British.

Author: Stephen Oppenheimer
Publisher: New York : Constable & Robinson, 2012.
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Stephen Oppenheimer's extraordinary scientific detective story combining genetics, linguistics, archaeology and historical record shatters the myths we have come to live by. It demonstrates that the Anglo-Saxon invasions contributed just a tiny fraction (5%) to the English gene pool. Two thirds of the English people reveal an unbroken line of genetic descent from south-western Europeans arriving long before the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Oppenheimer, Stephen.
Origins of the British: The New Prehistory of Britain.
New York : Constable & Robinson, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Oppenheimer
ISBN: 9781780337678 1780337671
OCLC Number: 787843948
Description: 1 online resource (836 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Preface; Prologue; The Celtic myth: wrong myth, real people; 'Celt': what it means today, and who were the classical historians referring to?; Celtic as a language label; Colonization of the British Isles before the Roman invasion; Introduction: Can language dating tell us when the Celts arrived; After the ice; Ultimate hunters and gatherers: the Mesolithic; Invasion of the farmers: the Neolithic and the Metal Age; Who spread Indo-European languages?; Men from the north: Angles, Saxons, Vikings and Normans; Introduction: The Saxon Advent. What languages were spoken in England before the 'Anglo-Saxon invasions'?Was the first English nearer Norse or Low Saxon?; Were there Saxons in England before the Romans left?; Old English perceptions of ethnicity: Scandinavian or Low Saxon; English continuity or replacement; The Vikings; Epilogue; Appendix A: Introduction to genetic tracking; Appendix B: Our maternal ancestors: an overview of the European gene tree; Appendix C: Paternal trees of ancestry in Europe; Glossary; Notes; Bibliography; List of Illustrations; Index.

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Particularly illuminating ... The author carefully lays out the genetic data that show how three-quarters of Britishness dates to the repopulation after the northern ice sheets last retreated, Read more...

 
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