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Saxons Vikings And Celts Hardcover – Dec 12 2006
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The science is explained with an infectious zest. His book is so revealing that the new... as well as the old should read it. — Boyd Tonkin (Independent [England])
Make[s] a good case for genetics taking its place alongside archaeology and history as a tool for understanding the past. — Ann Forester (Library Journal) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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.See all Product Description
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This book combines the two tracks of the earlier ones with a definite focus on the British Isles. Sykes is able to weave various themes into one integrated presentation. He covers the climate shifts of the Ice Age and how that affected all life, from the plants through human settlement and dispersal through the Isles. He further recounts the various legends and "histories" of each region, with their heroes, struggles and legacies. Much of the view we hold of ourselves and those around us derives from the legends we were taught as children. Sykes wants to clarify those stories, grounding them in genetic evidence. Once, this evidence was gathered through blood sampling, a technique now replaced by cheek swabs. The bloodletting and the localisation led to the original European title: "Blood of The Isles".
Human occupation of The Isles began erratically, he explains. After initial forays, the flow and ebb of glacial ice cleared the land of life, then allowed its return.Read more ›
For example when the author suggests that celts were a people he means from a genetic point of view and he means, if I understand correctly, the people that were in Great Britain from Neolithic times. On the other hand celticness is also a culture associated with specific archeological finds from the period 400BC. There is no nuance there. Kind of like saying that today's Canadian population is the same genetically as culturally. These are two separate things.
have thought populations could be traced so closely. History is one thing but DNA is another and definitely
more conclusive. I strongly advise people to read it...keeps one interested right through.
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