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Tuesday, 19 January 2016
English DNA 'one-third' Anglo-Saxon
This triple burial from Oakington, Cambridgeshire, includes metal and amber grave goods
The present-day English owe about a third of their ancestry to the Anglo-Saxons, according to a new study.
Scientists sequenced genomes from 10 skeletons unearthed in eastern England and dating from the Iron Age through to the Anglo-Saxon period.
Many of the Anglo-Saxon samples appeared closer to modern Dutch and Danish people than the Iron Age Britons did.
appear in Nature Communications journal
According to historical accounts and archaeology, the Anglo-Saxons migrated to Britain from continental Europe from the 5th Century AD. They brought with them a new culture, social structure and language.
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David Beard MA, FSA, FSA Scot
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