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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (402 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bryan Sykes Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 ten thousand 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’ 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…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.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “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.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nicole | 2/20/2014

    " Excellent compendium of new research into where these peoples came from, and where they went. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Yvor | 1/18/2014

    " I have not completed this book, but I like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cheztoche | 1/3/2014

    " This is intended for a general public, not for the specialist. Just about everything the British reader needs to know about the genetic and archeological evidence about the origin of the British peoples. It's very clear, well organized, I liked it a lot. The only thing about this sort of book is that two weeks later I hardly remember a date, a region, a fact --- so one really ought to have this book on a bookshelf or coffee table and have the whole family read it and discuss it. And it probably ought to be re-read once a year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brian Hood | 12/22/2013

    " This is a great book for those interested in genealogical research in regards to DNA. Easy read, it flows. "

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About the Author
Author Bryan Sykes

Bryan Sykes is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Seven Daughters of Eve and a former professor of human genetics at Oxford University. His company, Oxford Ancestors, is a genealogical DNA testing firm. He has been involved in a number of high-profile cases involving ancient DNA, most notably that of Ötzi the Iceman and Cheddar Man, two well preserved natural mummies. Sykes’ other books include Adam’s Curse: A Future Without Men, Blood of the Isles: Exploring the Genetic Roots of Our Tribal History, and The Human Inheritance: Genes, Language, and Evolution.