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The Vikings - again!
« on: Thursday 17 September 20 11:42 BST (UK) »
There's an interesting article in today's Scotsman but I've written to the paper pointing out that there may be Scandinavian DNA but there is no such thing as "Viking DNA" any more than there is cowboy DNA or pirate DNA.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/not-all-vikings-were-scandinavia-scientists-say-2972743

For anyone interested in the latest research into the Vikings, who they were, and their beliefs, there is a fascinating new book by Neil Price, professor of archaeology at the University of Uppsala in Sweden, called "The Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings".

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« Reply #1 on: Thursday 17 September 20 12:50 BST (UK) »
Yes, read about it yesterday:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/sep/16/dark-hair-was-common-among-vikings-genetic-study-confirms

I meant to put the link on the Ethnicity thread but got side tracked.

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« Reply #2 on: Thursday 17 September 20 12:59 BST (UK) »
The study mentioned has also made the news in Germany !

An abstract of the study "Population genomics of the Viking world"
can be seen here:
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2688-8

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