When the first Roman soldiers invaded Britain in 54 BC, the Isles were inhabited by Celtic tribes. Five hundred years later, the Romans were succeeded by the Anglo-Saxons, the Vikings and then the Normans. History has long taught us that the Celts were wiped out by the more sophisticated aggressors, but Bryan Sykes, the world's first genetic archaeologist, found that the evidence told rather a different story.
In a major research programme, he and his team at Oxford University tested the DNA of over 10,000 volunteers from across Britain and Ireland in order to pin down the genetic make-up of 21st century Britain.
What do our genes tell us about our tribal past? Did the invaders keep mostly to themselves or are the modern people of the Isles a delicious genetic cocktail? And most importantly, where do you fit in?
A gripping detective story backed up by fascinating science, Blood of the Isles casts new light on our ancestry and reveals what our genes can tell us about our attitudes to ourselves, each other, and to our past.
'Sykes' scientific presentation is chatty and readable'
'Professor Sykes has an admirably free and easy style for an academic'
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