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The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings
Jean Manco (Author)
Incorporates the latest discoveries and theories from archaeology, genetics, history, and linguistics to paint a spirited history of European settlement
Who are the Europeans and where did they come from? In recent years scientific advances have released a mass of data, turning cherished ideas upside down. The idea of migration in prehistory, so long out of favor, is back on the agenda. New advances allow us to track human movement and the spread of crops, animals, and disease, and we can see the evidence of population crashes and rises, both continent-wide and locally. Visions of continuity have been replaced with a more dynamic view of Europe’s past, with one wave of migration followed by another, from the first human arrivals in Europe to the Vikings.
Ancient DNA links Europe to its nearest neighbors. It is not a new idea that farming was brought from the Near East, but genetics now reveal an unexpectedly complex process in which farmers arrived not in one wave, but several. Even more unexpected is the evidence that the European gene pool was stirred vigorously many times after farming had reached most of Europe. Climate change played a part in this upheaval, but so did new inventions such as the plough and wheeled vehicles. Genetic and linguistic clues also enhance our understanding of the upheavals of the Migration Period, the wanderings of steppe nomads, and the adventures of the Vikings.
Forthcoming October 2013
6.3 × 9.5 in / 304 pages
Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.
2: Migration: principles and problems
DNA from Pitted Ware sites
Crisis forces movement
Languages and Y-DNA
Routes into Europe
Spread by ideas or people?
Short and long-term impact of the first waves of farmers on Europe's population
The Secondary Products Revolution
Copper Age Europe
Prehistoric transport 5: horse power
Scythians, Sarmatians and Amazons
Herders to Hellenes
Who Were the Celts?
Celts arrive in the British Isles
12: Iron Age traders and warriors
Cimmerians and steel
Hallstatt and La Tène Cultures
Germanic genetic mix
Branches of the Germanic tree
Goths and Vandals
Ostrogoths and Visigoths
Franks and Anglo-Saxons
Slavic genetic mix
Highlands and Islands
The rich lowlands
The Great Army
The Far North West
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