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  • ebrowder@widomaker.com
    Interesting article. It bears the ancient Irish myths and their oral tradition. Shel
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 29, 2004
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      Interesting article. It bears the ancient Irish myths and their oral
      tradition.

      Shel


      Quoting Muirghein <wolfestead@...>:

      >
      > Waaaaaaaaaaay before our primary period of study, but I thought some were
      > might still find this interesting.
      >
      > >http://www.online.ie/news/viewer.adp?article=3155470
      > >
      > >Geneticists find Celtic links to Spain and Portugal
      > >online.ie
      > >2004-09-09 17:50:01+01
      > >
      > >The Irish and Scots may be as closely related to the people of Spain
      > >and Portugal as the Celts of central Europe, it emerged today.
      > >
      > >Historians have long believed the British Isles were swamped by a
      > >massive invasion of Iron Age Celts from central Europe around 500BC.
      > >
      > >But geneticists at Dublin's Trinity College now claim the Irish and
      > >Scots have as much, if not more, in common with the people of north-
      > >western Spain.
      > >
      > >Dr Daniel Bradley, genetics lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, said
      > >a new study into Celtic origins revealed close affinities with the
      > >people of Galicia
      > >
      > >"It's well known that there are cultural relations between the areas
      > >but now this shows there is much more," Dr Bradley said.
      > >
      > >"We think the links are much older than that of the Iron Age because
      > >it also shows affinities with the Basque region - which isn't a
      > >Celtic region."
      > >
      > >"The links point towards other Celtic nations, in particular
      > >Scotland, but they also point to Spain," he added.
      > >
      > >Historians believed the Celts, originally from the Alpine regions of
      > >central Europe invaded the Atlantic islands in a massive migration
      > >2,500 years ago.
      > >
      > >But using DNA samples from people living in Celtic nations and other
      > >parts of Europe geneticists at the university have drawn new
      > >parallels.
      > >
      > >Dr Bradley said it was possible migrants moved from the Iberian
      > >peninsula to Ireland as far back as 6,000 years ago up until 3,000
      > >years ago.
      > >
      > >"I don't agree with the idea of a massive Iron Age invasion that took
      > >over the Atlantic islands. You can regard the ocean - rather than a
      > >barrier - as a communication route," Dr Bradley said.
      > >
      > >It is believed archaeologists are also questioning the links between
      > >the Celts of eastern France and southern Germany and the people of
      > >the British Isles.
      > >
      > >The study found people in areas traditionally known as Celtic, such
      > >as Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Brittany and Cornwall, had strong links
      > >with each other and people in Ireland have more in common with Scots
      > >than any other nation.
      > >
      > >There are also close links between Scotland and Ireland dating back
      > >much further than the Plantations of the 1600s when many Scots moved
      > >to northern Ireland in search of fertile farming lands, the research
      > >showed.
      > >
      > >However scientists could not shed any light on whether fair skin, red
      > >hair and fiery tempers truly are Celtic traits.
      > >
      > >The study headed by Dr Bradley was published in the American Journal
      > >of Human Genetics.
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