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Still Waters

Ancient Britons 'replaced' by newcomers

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Still Waters

The ancient population of Britain was almost completely replaced by newcomers about 4,500 years ago, a study shows.

The findings mean modern Britons trace just a small fraction of their ancestry to the people who built Stonehenge.

The astonishing result comes from analysis of DNA extracted from 400 ancient remains across Europe.

The mammoth study, published in Nature, suggests the newcomers, known as Beaker people, replaced 90% of the British gene pool in a few hundred years.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43115485

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Piney

One theory has it that the Bell Beaker People wiped out the indigenous population and took over the construction of Stonehenge.

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hetrodoxly
4 hours ago, Still Waters said:
4 hours ago, Still Waters said:

The findings mean modern Britons trace just a small fraction of their ancestry to the people who built Stonehenge.

 

I thought 4,500 years was about the age of Stonehenge?

 

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Essan

Stonehenge was rebuilt a number of times

The original construction probably dates to 4,500 years ago.  But major changes were made around 500 year later. Was this the Beaker People changing what the aboriginal Britons had built?  Interesting ....

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hetrodoxly
1 hour ago, Essan said:

Stonehenge was rebuilt a number of times

The original construction probably dates to 4,500 years ago.  But major changes were made around 500 year later. Was this the Beaker People changing what the aboriginal Britons had built?  Interesting ....

The woodhenge before stonehenge was built.

'aboriginal Britons' this made me smile, i don't think the Irish and Welsh are going to take this lying down and is the school teacher in Cheddar the contender for king of Britain when Elizabeth goes.

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