The ancestors of the Anglo-Saxons only came to Britain from northern Germany and Denmark in the 5th century. The concept of an “Anglo-Saxon” people dates back to King Alfred’s time in the 9th century during the struggle against the Vikings that created the English. What were they up to before that in the Bronze Age and even further back?
“A brutish tribe of people who lived in the Neolithic era more than 4,000 years ago is being touted as the most violent and aggressive society to ever live.
A growing body of evidence is convincing archaeologists that the Yamnaya society ruthlessly massacred opposing societies.
It is believed the primitive society capitalised on disease, warfare and famine and unceremoniously swept through Europe, destroying entire civilisations and leaving destruction in their wake.
DNA evidence from several prehistoric burial sites has revealed hoards of these tall, muscular and violent warriors would overwhelm other societies on horseback.
They would murder men and sire their own children so that within a few generations the presence of the previous societies is all but eradicated. …
Once on English turf, the people went about their usual business and eradicated almost all the local inhabitants of the island.
Genetic analysis found that this movement of the Yamnaya descendants happened around 4,400 years ago and coincides with when the Britons of the time, who built Stonehenge, completely disappeared.
There is no remnants of their DNA in the genome of modern people, but more significantly, there is no proof of the original Brits even a handful or generations later.
The Yumnaya took over and erased all genetic evidence of the land’s previous stewards.
This theory is backed up by David Reich at Harvard Medical School who is due to release a piece of research stating the Yumnaya orchestrated a systematic genocide of Neolithic men. “
Not very liberal.
BTW, this is how we got White people: Yamnaya -> Corded Ware Culture -> Battle Axe Culture -> Boat Axe Culture -> Bell Beaker Culture -> Nordic Bronze Age -> Iron Age Scandinavia -> Germanic Iron Age -> Angles and Saxons -> English -> Americans. The term “White people” refers to a certain phenotype that is more ancient than modern European nations.
This is the route of my particular branch of the family tree. Europeans all speak Indo-European languages and share some of the same DNA due to the prehistoric Yamnaya conquest.
The Celtic Britons who became the Welsh and Scots were themselves also descendants of the Yamnaya who eradicated the Britons who built Stonehenge. The Irish and English have similar amounts of Yamnaya DNA. The Scots have more than both.
The Danes who settled in England and Scotland during the Viking Age were easily absorbed because these groups shared a common ancestry and had only separated a few hundred years before. They spoke a mutually intelligible language with the Angles and Saxons. The Danes are the first cousins of the English.
I’m going to have to get Jean Manco’s books The Origins of the Anglo-Saxons: Decoding the Ancestry of the English and Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings and David W. Anthony’s The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World. This will be fun to explore in 2020.
Guess who has the most surviving Yamnaya DNA? The Yamnaya must have been an ultra Nordic looking people who spread out of the steppe and conquered the world. The Poles, Czechs and the Russians also have more Yamnaya DNA than Adolf Hitler did in Austria.