Skip to comments.Ancient Britain Had Apartheid-Like Society, Study Suggests
Posted on 07/28/2009 1:25:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
When Anglo-Saxons first arrived in Britain 1,600 years ago, they created an apartheid-like society that oppressed the native Britons and wiped out almost all of the British gene pool, according to a new study. By treating Britons like slaves and imposing strict rules, the small band of Anglo-Saxons -- who had come from what is now Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands -- quickly dominated the country, leaving a legacy of Germanic genes and the English language, both of which still dominate Britain today. The new theory helps explain historical, archaeological, and genetic evidence that until now had seemed contradictory, including the high number of Germanic genes found in modern-day England... Historical and archaeological data suggest that no more than 200,000 Anglo-Saxons arrived in Britain around the middle of the fourth century A.D. This is less than half of the 500,000 newcomers that genetic models suggest would be needed to swamp the gene pool of the native Britons, who are believed to have numbered around two million. And yet Germanic genes are abundant in the English population today. Genetic studies have shown that more than 50 percent of England's gene pool contains Germanic Y chromosomes... But the researchers say 200,000 Anglo-Saxons could have dominated the English gene pool in less than 15 generations if the newcomers held a higher social standing... But not everyone agrees with the team's theory. Alex Burghart, an Anglo-Saxon historian at Kings College London, thinks that "apartheid" is far too strong a word... Sarah Foot, a medieval historian at England's University of Sheffield, also thinks the word "apartheid" is unwarranted. But she believes the research has merit.
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A rare Anglo-Saxon gold coin went on display at the British Museum in February. A new study suggests that an apartheid-like system gave Anglo-Saxon newcomers to ancient Britain both economic and social superiority over native Britons, which led to the near eradication of the Britons' gene pool.
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The Socialist Gene???
This is probably the best book on the subject.
Then the Normans came along and wiped out all the Anglo-Saxons. Now, enter the Muslims...
Wait just a guldurn minute here: wasn’t there a recent study that showed more Celtic genes in the English population then was previously thought?
"Gene scientists claim to have found proof that the Welsh are the "true" Britons."
Wales has the highest concentration of 'O' type blood than anywhere elso on earth.
Sounds like pure suppositions to me
Seems to me apartheid is the wrong analogy. As conquerors, the Anglo-Saxons were top dogs, taking most of the wealth and having their pick of the women, which addresses the gene pool part. Had they segregated the races and actually lived in separate families in separate areas as in an apartheid system the gene mixing would have been more difficult.
“Theory”...This is how Darwin got published!!
I wondered if this thread would pull you in. I posted the R Haplogroup map.
Apartheid- and slavery - was the normal state of society until very recently.
I'm R1b (DYS390-23). The 23 after DYS-390 indicates that I came out of the Iberian refuge but went straight north where I acquired the 23 in Denmark and then went to Ireland (maybe as a Viking). The DYS390-24 left the refuge and went straight to the British Isles. (Like my sister's husband, Mr Moorhead)
My mother is a 'V' like 52% of the Skolt Sa'ami (Laplanders).
My dad's mother is U5a1a and is related to 9,000 year old Cheddar Man
"Grave findings have shown that late Palaeolithic settlers in central Europe and their Mesolithic descendants in the Scandinavian Peninsula were Europoids, who had compartively large teeth - a seemingly comical detail, but nevertheless an important factor in identifying these populations. Although it is very unlikely that the language of these settlers will ever be identified, I cannot see any grounds for the theory that either of these groups spoke Proto-Uralic."
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