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Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings

Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings [Kindle Edition]

Jean Manco

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An interesting account of the peopling of Europe that attempts to integrate archaeology, history, and linguistics with the latest genetic evidence. . . . Recommended.


Ideas about European ancestors are being transformed through archaeology, linguistics and the new genetic revolution. 'Ancestral Journeys' skilfully weaves these multiple strands to produce a startling new history of Europe. It will be of compelling interest to those who want to trace their ancestry through DNA and understand what the results mean. The fast-paced narrative is illustrated with specially commissioned maps and diagrams, as well as photographs and drawings, showing the movements of people, the spread of languages and DNA distributions. Unprecedented in the scope of its research, this paradigm-shifting, highly readable book challenges our established ways of looking at Europe's past and its people. The discovery of ancient DNA provides evidence that the European gene pool was stirred many times. Clues are also enhancing our understanding of European mobility, including the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons, the spread of the Slavs and the adventures of the Vikings.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Maps, Charts and Illustrations highlight this Remerakbly Comprehensive Look at European Origins 2. Februar 2014
Von K. Wheaton - Veröffentlicht auf
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First off this book is not for those looking for a significant treatment of their particular Y DNA or mtDNA. This book will however educate you on the broad movements of Y and mtDNA in Europe. It is also not for someone looking for simplistic answers to very complex questions.

This book is absolutely incredible in the way it takes a multidisciplinary approach to the Peopling of Europe and presents it in a way that is both compelling and understandable to the lay person. It draws heavily on the latest research in linguistics, history, archeology, anthropology and DNA to weave the tale of human migrations and settlement in Europe. Its wonderful maps, charts and illustrations provide excellent illustration for the material presented. I very much appreciate that the author presents different viewpoints and gives us a thorough background of how ideas have changed over time.

Although new research will certainly impact the evidence presented here, unlike another reviewer I do not see that this book will become quickly obsolete. As a genetic genealogist interested in ancient origins this book places genetics into the broader context of history and geography. I am grateful to the author for taking so much information and bringing it together so that those from different perspectives can see what each discipline brings to the table in helping us to understand the migrations of our ancient ancestors.

Perhaps I am influenced by my own belief that anything to do with humans is complicated. I happen to agree with the author that any one single migration is less likely than lots of smaller ones over time and sometimes getting to the same place via very different routes.

The Notes and Bibliography are particularly impressive. This is an exceedingly well researched book presented with all the rigors of an academic textbook but accessible for any one with a keen interest in the subject. Bravo!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a precious volume 25. Dezember 2013
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This is an extraordinary book in it's scope and ambition. This is exactly the kind of book I am after, namely a book that changes your understanding about the key markers of our civilization. Perhaps unavoidably there are too many names, cultures and genetic nomenclatures. Yet you come out on the other side of the engaging read with an unexpected view of the human itinerary. This is a heroic achievement for the author. I very much recommend this precious volume.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful Information 11. Januar 2014
Von Marcia A. Mulcahy - Veröffentlicht auf
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I love this book. Especially the chapters on the Beaker people then Celts and Italics. Good information for DNA and archeology.!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Gem 8. Januar 2014
Von james n swan - Veröffentlicht auf
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Clear and factual. Wonderful presentation of complex material. Much more than a first exposure, but still usable as a first.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Journey 16. Dezember 2013
Von Lil Bear - Veröffentlicht auf
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I came from Northern Europe and have been casually pursuing my ancestry. and this is just one more step in gathering the whole picture. the book is well written and quite technical, but it also clearly explains some of mans wanderings thru Europe. I found explanations of questions that I had from past readings , and that was worth the price of the book.
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