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    DescriptionStephen 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 first farmers. The bulk of the remaining third arrived between 7,000 and 3,000 years ago as part of long-term north-west European trade and immigration, especially from Scandinavia - and may have brought with them the earliest forms of English language. As for the Celts - the Irish, Scots and Welsh - history has traditionally placed their origins in Iron Age Central Europe. Oppenheimer's genetic synthesis shows them to have arrived via the Atlantic coastal route from Ice Age refuges including the Basque country; with the modern languages we call Celtic arriving later. There is indeed a deep divide between the English and the rest of the British. But as this book reveals the division is many thousands of years older than previously thought.

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    Origins of the British
    The New Prehistory of Britain
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen Oppenheimer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 191 mm
    Thickness: 43 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    ISBN 13: 9781845294823
    ISBN 10: 1845294823

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ, JHMP, PSAK
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    DC22: 305.800941
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    Thema V1.0: JHM, PSAK, PDZ
    Illustrations note
    illustrated throughout
    Constable and Robinson
    Imprint name
    Robinson Publishing
    Publication date
    12 April 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Stephen Oppenheimer of University of Oxford is a leading expert in the use of DNA to track migrations. His last book Out of Eden rewrote the prehistory of man's peopling of the world in a thesis that has since been confirmed in Science. He is also the author of Eden in the East: the Drowned Continent of Southeast Asia.
    Review quote
    "* 'A well-informed, original and challenging application of new gentic dta to the early populatio of Britain: British prehistory will never look the same again' Professor Colin Renfrew, University of Cambridge * 'Oppenheimer calls his book 'a genetic detective story. It is. Pre-Roman language in western Europe was a locked-room mystery - until someone looked for the key' Aubrey Burl"