Saturday, September 23, 2006
Here's something I'll have to hear over and over again before it finally sinks in: We of British ancestry are *not* Celtic, and *not* Anglo-Saxon, but essentially Basque:
"The genetic evidence shows that three quarters of our ancestors came to this corner of Europe [i.e., Great Britain] as hunter-gatherers, between 15,000 and 7,500 years ago, after the melting of the ice caps but before the land broke away from the mainland and divided into islands. Our subsequent separation from Europe has preserved a genetic time capsule of southwestern Europe during the ice age, which we share most closely with the former ice-age refuge in the Basque country....
"Another wave of immigration arrived during the Neolithic period, when farming developed about 6,500 years ago. But the English still derive most of their current gene pool from the same early Basque source as the Irish, Welsh and Scots. These figures are at odds with the modern perceptions of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon ethnicity based on more recent invasions. There were many later invasions, as well as less violent immigrations, and each left a genetic signal, but no individual event contributed much more than 5 per cent to our modern genetic mix." MORE >>>
In my younger days, I hitchhiked around Europe and made a special foray into the mysterious Basque country of southern France. Unfortunately, the only thing I remember is a man in a bar balancing a spoon on his nose.
Thnx to the Basque Webpage for the foto