Sunday, August 02, 2015
The original Brits are Basque? - Stephen Oppenheimer's DNA research - plus Bodmer update...
a couple of months ago, Free Planet told of the work of Oxford College's Sir Walter Bodmer that gave a strong case for the claim that The Welsh are the True British and this lends further weight to my current fetish with the Brythonic-Coelbren research of Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett who claim that there were two Welsh Kings called Arthur and that each kicked out both the Romans and the Anglo-Saxons during their respective reigns.
|image © Bodmer/Wellcome|
If you look closely, you will see that the large wedge of Northern French pie that makes up the majority of southern British DNA is absent from the Welsh colonies, hence the statement that "The Welsh are the True British". But wait a minute...
And I asked this of Sir Walter Bodmer this morning, "Does this still leave the "Welsh" as early-Germanic from the post-ice-age migration? Or is it that you're only pie-charting those European components that are most likely for such an age? I'm asking are you initially-discounting a genetic contribution from the Mediterranean/Syrian/Egyptian sea-faring blood lines? Or are they just not their in the rural samples you've taken?"
Bodmer replies, "The pre Roman migration suggested by our data was NOT a mass migration but probably a steady trickle over a long period of time , possibly simply people were looking for new opportunities. The Welsh are decidedly not early Germanic, whatever that means. It is their lack of obvious Germanic i.e. Saxon and the pre Roman contribution that makes them the best candidate for being closest to the original Britons. The rural samples has nothing to do with these basic observations except to enhance the possibility of having made them."
Interestingly, DNA-researchers like Stephen Oppenhemier have made a stronger case for The Basque People as being the original mass-migrators to these post-ice-age pre-Roman lands. I'd also like to see the linguistic connectivity between the Basque language and the Welsh language... but that's for a later post, maybe.
Thanks to: http://mikephilbin.blogspot.co.uk/