Saxons, Vikings, and Celts

Saxons, Vikings, and Celts

The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland

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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. Genealogy has become a popular pastime of Americans interested in their heritage, and this is the perfect work for anyone interested in finding their heritage in England, Scotland, or Ireland.
From the best-selling author of The Seven Daughters of Eve, an illuminating guide to the genetic history of the British Isles.

Baker & Taylor
A study based on a decade-long DNA survey traces the genetic makeup of British Islanders and their descendants, ranging from prehistoric times to the genetic heritage of Americans of British descent.

Book News
Far from being a stack of little toffees of the same flavor, the population of Britain and Ireland is a mix, in various proportions, of lots and lots of folks formerly on boats. Sykes (human genetics, Oxford U.) gives a lively and accessible account of his systematic DNA survey of over 10,000 volunteers from Britain, Ireland and America. As he tracks down who was where he also asks the questions nineteenth and twentieth century scientists had neither the wit nor the technology to ask, such as how long the original inhabitants were roaming about and from whence they came. Sykes maps out the genetic history of the Isles to answer this and other intriguing questions, such as how cozy the Romans and Normans actually were with the local talent and what transpired when the results moved to America. The result contradicts much of what we learned in school about who ruled and who conquered. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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An illuminating study of the genetic history of the British Isles, based on a systematic, decade-long DNA survey, traces the genetic makeup of British Islanders and their descendants, taking into consideration such events as the Roman invasions and Norman conquest and ranging from prehistoric times to the genetic heritage of Americans of British descent.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2006
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393062687
Branch Call Number: 599.935 SYK
Characteristics: xvii, 306 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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Dec 28, 2011

A must read for the young Viking, Celt or their kids the Saxons. We are one big disfunctional family so you better get used to it. With globalization and multiculturalism you only have your race left to define you. As a young person this book halps me to find my roots and who i will ally with when the NWO gets rough. Your family is all you have, country is meaningless. Read it!

May 07, 2010

Not as well written as Sykes first book, but still worth the peek.


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May 07, 2010

I heard about the research on Genghis Khan's profligate genetic legacy. His Y-chromosome, passed down through generations of emperor sons, is now found in an estimated 16 million male descendants.


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