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Blood of the Isles: exploring the genetic roots of our tribal history

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Bryan Sykes, the world's first genetic archaeologist, takes us on a journey around the family tree of Britain and Ireland, to reveal how our tribal history still colours the country today. In 54BC Julius Caesar launched the first Roman invasion of Britain. His was the first detailed account of the Celtic tribes that inhabited the Isles but where had they come from and how long had they been there? When the Romans eventually left five hundred years later, they were succeeded by invasions of Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans; did these successive invasions obliterate the genetic legacy of the Celts or have very little effect? In a major research programme, the first of its kind, the author set out to test the DNA of over 10,000 volunteers from across Britain and Ireland with the specific aim of answering this very question. What is our modern genetic make-up and what does it tell us of our tribal past; are the modern people of the Isles a genetic cocktail or did the invaders keep mostly to themselves, forming separate genetic layers within the Isles?

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Author(s):
Sykes, Bryan
Condition:
Fine
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0552154652
ISBN-13:
9780552154659
Number of pages:
363
Publisher:
Corgi 2007

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Bryan Sykes, the world's first genetic archaeologist, takes us on a journey around the family tree of Britain and Ireland, to reveal how our tribal history still colours the country today. In 54BC Julius Caesar launched the first Roman invasion of Britain. His was the first detailed account of the Celtic tribes that inhabited the Isles but where had they come from and how long had they been there? When the Romans eventually left five hundred years later, they were succeeded by invasions of Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans; did these successive invasions obliterate the genetic legacy of the Celts or have very little effect? In a major research programme, the first of its kind, the author set out to test the DNA of over 10,000 volunteers from across Britain and Ireland with the specific aim of answering this very question. What is our modern genetic make-up and what does it tell us of our tribal past; are the modern people of the Isles a genetic cocktail or did the invaders keep mostly to themselves, forming separate genetic layers within the Isles?

Author(s):
Sykes, Bryan
Condition:
Fine
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0552154652
ISBN-13:
9780552154659
Number of pages:
363
Publisher:
Corgi 2007

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