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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 Dick Hill (Narrated by), Bryan Sykes
 

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One of the world's leading geneticists, Bryan Sykes, has helped thousands, find their ancestry in the British Isles. Saxons, Vikings, and Celts, which resulted from a systematic ten-year DNA survey of more than 10,000 volunteers, traces the true genetic makeup of the British Isles and its descendants, taking readers from the Pontnewydd Cave in North Wales to the

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One of the world's leading geneticists, Bryan Sykes, has helped thousands, find their ancestry in the British Isles. Saxons, Vikings, and Celts, which resulted from a systematic ten-year DNA survey of more than 10,000 volunteers, traces the true genetic makeup of the British Isles and its descendants, taking readers from the Pontnewydd Cave in North Wales to the resting place of the Red Lady of Paviland and the tomb of King Arthur. This illuminating guide provides a much-needed introduction to the genetic history of the people of the British Isles and their descendants throughout the world.

About the Author:
Bryan Sykes is professor of human genetics at Oxford University

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Bryan Sykes' systematic ten-year DNA survey of more than 10,000 people yielded the most comprehensive picture ever made of Great Britain and Ireland's genetic makeup. Using this data, the author develops a history of the British Isles that covers Roman invasions and Norman conquests but extends beyond written records. This fascinating study even includes a chapter about the genetic background of Americans who have descended from British and Irish ancestors. Old history seen in a new light.
Library Journal
Readers picking up this book expecting to learn about the genetic background of the British Isles risk being overwhelmed by long passages full of accounts of wars and invasions, historical figures and place names that are largely unfamiliar to American readers. Sykes's goal, as it was in his The Seven Daughters of Eve and Adam's Curse, is to bring genetics to bear on archaeology and untangle the pedigrees of populations to reveal their origins. Unfortunately, in this case there is too much detailed recounting of each country's history so that by the time we arrive at Sykes's conclusion, it seems anticlimactic. In his favor, Sykes writes in an easy style suitable for popular science material and does make a good case for genetics taking its place alongside archaeology and history as a tool for understanding the past. His discussion of the ups and downs of doing field research provides an interesting look at how a scientist conducts research. Recommended only if there is demand. (Maps, index, and appendix not seen.) [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/06.]-Ann Forister, Roseville, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Boyd Tonkin - Independent [England]
“The science is explained with an infectious zest. His book is so revealing that the new... as well as the old should read it.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400103355
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Sales rank:
1,034,182
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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