Genomic signals of migration and continuity in Britain before the Anglo-Saxons

  title={Genomic signals of migration and continuity in Britain before the Anglo-Saxons},
  author={Rui Martiniano and Anwen C Caffell and Malin Holst and Kurt Hunter-Mann and Janet Montgomery and Gundula M{\"u}ldner and Russell L McLaughlin and Matthew D Teasdale and Wouter van Rheenen and Jan Herman Veldink and Leonard H van den Berg and Orla Hardiman and Maureen Carroll and Steve Roskams and John Oxley and Colleen Morgan and Mark G. Thomas and Ian Barnes and Christine McDonnell and Matthew J Collins and Daniel G Bradley},
  booktitle={Nature communications},
The purported migrations that have formed the peoples of Britain have been the focus of generations of scholarly controversy. However, this has not benefited from direct analyses of ancient genomes. Here we report nine ancient genomes (∼ 1 ×) of individuals from northern Britain: seven from a Roman era York cemetery, bookended by earlier Iron-Age and later Anglo-Saxon burials. Six of the Roman genomes show affinity with modern British Celtic populations, particularly Welsh, but significantly… CONTINUE READING
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