By Stephen E. Harding, David Griffiths, Elizabeth Royles
The Viking Age lasted a bit over 3 centuries, yet has left an enduring legacy throughout Europe. those dynamic warrior-traders from Scandinavia, who fought and interacted with peoples as a ways aside as North the US, Russia, and important Asia, are probably the most recognizable old figures within the western global. within the smooth mind's eye they signify ruthlessness, heroism, adventurousness, and a special status decorated by way of the wondrous stories and poetry of the sagas. but the sum of proof for the Viking presence is way much less transparent than their acceptance implies.
In seek of Vikings offers a suite of papers from specialists in a huge variety of disciplines, together with heritage, archaeology, genetics, and linguistics, to supply an in depth knowing of the Vikings in peace and in struggle. This publication specializes in one fairly intriguing quarter of the Viking global, particularly the north-west quarter of britain, the place they're identified to have settled in huge numbers. North-west England used to be the crossroads among eire, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of guy, and the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. It used to be a battleground for far-off powers and dynasties, and its Irish Sea beach created possibilities for buying and selling and payment. Silver hoards, burials, and outdated Norse place-names attest to the Viking presence, and Scandinavian DNA is detectable among the fashionable inhabitants. The 12 built-in reports during this booklet are designed to reinvigorate the hunt for Vikings during this an important area and to supply must-reading for somebody attracted to Viking historical past.
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Most of the DNA on the Y chromosome is passed down from father to son essentially unchanged except for rare mutations that can occur over the course of hundreds or thousands of years. Similarly, the DNA in the mitochondria is passed down the maternal line over very many generations with little or no change. Variation can occur only when there is a change or mutation and such changes are very rare. Thus by characterising the type of DNA a man has in his Y chromosome and in his mitochondria, we can obtain specific information about his paternal and maternal ancestry.
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