Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland

Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland

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By (author) Bryan Sykes, Narrator Dick Hill

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 166mm x 168mm x 24mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 15 December 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1400133351
  • ISBN 13: 9781400133352
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Library ed

Product description

WASPs finally get their due in this stimulating history by one of the world's leading geneticists. "Saxons, Vikings, and Celts" is the most illuminating book yet to be written about the genetic history of Britain and Ireland. Through a systematic, ten-year DNA survey of more than 10,000 volunteers, Bryan Sykes has traced the true genetic makeup of British Islanders and their descendants. This historical travelogue and genetic tour of the fabled isles, which includes accounts of the Roman invasions and Norman conquests, takes readers from the Pontnewydd cave in North Wales, where a 300,000-year-old tooth was discovered, to the resting place of "The Red Lady" of Paviland, whose anatomically modern body was dyed with ochre by her grieving relatives nearly 29,000 years ago. A perfect work for anyone interested in the genealogy of England, Scotland, or Ireland, "Saxons, Vikings, and Celts" features a chapter specifically addressing the genetic makeup of those people in the United States who have descended from the British Isles.

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Bryan Sykes is professor of human genetics at Oxford University. His company, Oxford Ancestors, traces human genetic backgrounds. Sykes's books include the "New York Times" bestseller "The Seven Daughters of Eve." Reader of over four hundred audiobooks, Dick Hill has won three coveted Audie Awards and been nominated numerous times. He is also the recipient of several "AudioFile" Earphones Awards. "AudioFile" includes Dick on their prestigious list of Golden Voices.