Genetics and the Anglo-Saxon Migrations

This is fascinating.

Who are the English, Scots and Welsh? Did the Anglo-Saxons wipe out the Romano-British population or intermarry with them? Did the Romans or the Vikings leave behind any genetic legacy in the English population? How related are the Scots-Irish to the English?

Oxford University:

“The genetic map of Britain shows that most of the eastern, central and southern parts of England form a single genetic group with between 10 and 40 per cent Anglo-Saxon ancestry. However, people in this cluster also retain DNA from earlier settlers. The invaders did not wipe out the existing population; instead, they seem to have integrated with them. …”

10 to 40 percent of English ancestry is Anglo-Saxon.

The Telegraph:

“Britons are still living in the same ‘tribes’ that they did in the 7th Century, Oxford University has found after an astonishing study into our genetic make-up.

Archaeologists and geneticists were amazed to find that genetically similar individuals inhabit the same areas they did following the Anglo-Saxon invasion, following the fall of the Roman Empire.

In fact, a map showing tribes of Britain in 600AD is almost identical to a new chart showing genetic variability throughout the UK, suggesting that local communities have stayed put for the past 1415 years.

Many people in Britain claim to feel a strong sense of regional identity and scientists say they the new study proves that the link to birthplace is DNA deep. …

Geneticist Professor Sir Walter Bodmer of Oxford University said: “What it shows is the extraordinary stability of the British population. Britain hasn’t changed much since 600AD.

“When we plotted the genetics on a map we got this fantastic parallel between areas and genetic similarity.

“When we plotted the genetics on a map we got this fantastic parallel between areas and genetic similarity. …

And the research has finally answered the question of whether the Romans, Vikings and Anglo-Saxons interbred with the Britons or wiped out communities.

The team found that people in central and southern England have a significant DNA contribution from the Anglo-Saxons showing that the invaders intermarried with, rather than replaced, the existing population. …”

The Anglo-Saxons seem to have created a caste-based society in what was becoming England. There was a significant migration from the continent, the preexisting Romano-British population remained behind and the language, culture and religion quickly became Germanic. Genetically speaking, the English are more closely related to the French than the Germans.

Independent:

“The results are astonishing. They show how Britons in different parts of the country have evolved in relative isolation, for a combination of geographical, cultural, and linguistic reasons, over huge periods of time. We may think of the modern era as one of unrivalled mobility, but for much of our history Britons have proved champions at staying put.

One distinct genetic group can only be seen in what is now West Yorkshire. This is deeply puzzling. But the historians and archaeologists in our project eventually worked out that after the decline of the Roman Empire there was a Celtic Kingdom, called Elmet, exactly in this region. It seems the genetic patterns we see today have been shaped by the geopolitical landscape of millennia gone by.

Another Celtic Kingdom, Rheged, matched a genetic group in modern Cumbria. There were also separate Celtic Kingdoms at that time in North and South Wales (Gwynedd and Dyfed), where we found different genetic groups.

As for the Kingdom of Dalriada, which flourished in 550AD in what is now Northern Ireland and Western Scotland, we found a contemporary genetic group matching that, too. …”

Look how the British kingdoms of Rheged, Elmet, Cornwall, Devon, Gwynedd and Dyfed are all still genetically distinct from each other and from England to this day.

Imagine believing that race doesn’t exist when Rheged is still visible in the genetics of the people of North West England over a millennium later.

The English of the lowland South are drawn from West Saxons and Mercians while the Scots-Irish who settled in Greater Appalachia are largely British and Northumbrians.

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9 Comments

  1. Imagine believing that race doesn’t exist when Rheged is still visible in the genetics of the people of North West England over a millennium later.

    How does this prove the existence of race? If anything, it’s evidence of the opposite: that race is a murky concept that nationalists (usually) wield in a way that is most advantageous.

    I really can’t figure out what possible significance it could have for white nationalists or British nationalists that “Rheged is still visible in the genetics of the people of North West England.” Should “Rheged” therefore be preserved and kept safe from the embrace of those lowland English with their West Saxon genes? Should they make Rheged great again?

    I get it that you just enjoy exploring your ancestral roots. But I think you have a duty to your readers not to confuse them with irrelevancies.

      • to distinguish Cornwall, Devon, Rheged and Elmet from England

        So are you claiming these people constitute different races?

          • Well, if they’re not different races, then by banging on about how genetically different various parts of England are you’re just inviting opponents to claim that the genetic line separating different races is basically arbitrary – which they quickly take to the extreme position that race doesn’t exist.

      • The people that say race doesn’t exist are mongrels that have sprung from the belly of a whore, they are matriarchal because they’re mothers are such whores its impossible to figure out who their father was and therefore what they’re racial lineage is…notice they are always the first to say race doesn’t exist but Whitey is evil and Blacks are victims etc…race denial is one of the tools of the 13th Tribe(jews) uses to destroy the pure races of the world…they themselves are mongrels with no traceable lineage except for a strand of DNA that separates them from the rest of humanity, they are demon spawn in every sense of the word.

  2. What world do these academics, archaeologists and geneticists live in ? that they can write:

    “In fact, a map showing tribes of Britain in 600AD is almost identical to a new chart showing genetic variability throughout the UK, suggesting that local communities have stayed put for the past 1415 years.”

    Fact: the local Anglo-Saxon – British communities formerly living in Britain’s major cities, London, Birmingham, Manchester, etc., far from staying put, have fled, white-flight style; being replaced by Asians, Pakistani’s, Indians, Chinese, Arabs, West Indians, Africans etc.

    Are the academics and experts quoted in this article blind or stupid ?. One does have to ask.

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