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    Like a lot of people with ancestors from the British isles My origins has given me a fairly high % of Scandinavian(in my case 30%) but recent research says the Vikings left surprisingly little genetic trace. Where is the Scandinavian coming from if it is not Viking?

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/...t-its-dna.html

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    The collapse of Roman Britain?

    Angles? Jutes? Saxons?

    Ancient Sweden was riven with conflicts between the "Geats" or Jutes, if you'd prefer, i.e. the Jutland "Goths" and the Svear... Germanic tribes all.

    Certainly Dublin was founded by the Norse, and portions of the British Isles have a marked influence. The small town of Buckhaven in Fife, Scotland for example, was apparently a Norse settlement and its inhabitants genetically dissimilar. Or so I've read.

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      Originally posted by gatty View Post
      Like a lot of people with ancestors from the British isles My origins has given me a fairly high % of Scandinavian(in my case 30%) but recent research says the Vikings left surprisingly little genetic trace. Where is the Scandinavian coming from if it is not Viking?

      http://www.newscientist.com/article/...t-its-dna.html
      It could also be from the Mesolithic SHG.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by gatty View Post
        Like a lot of people with ancestors from the British isles My origins has given me a fairly high % of Scandinavian(in my case 30%) but recent research says the Vikings left surprisingly little genetic trace. Where is the Scandinavian coming from if it is not Viking?

        http://www.newscientist.com/article/...t-its-dna.html
        I think the explanation is semantic confusion. The study you referred to lumped the people from (present) Denmark in with Anglo-Saxons but today we call Denmark part of Scandinavia.

        "Viking", in its original meaning, meant to go raiding. Most of the raiders didn't hang around; they went home with the loot. OOTH, the Danes established a considerable and long-lasting presence in England, Scotland & Normandy.

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          Originally posted by rt-sails View Post
          I think the explanation is semantic confusion. The study you referred to lumped the people from (present) Denmark in with Anglo-Saxons but today we call Denmark part of Scandinavia.

          "Viking", in its original meaning, meant to go raiding. Most of the raiders didn't hang around; they went home with the loot. OOTH, the Danes established a considerable and long-lasting presence in England, Scotland & Normandy.
          The Vikings in the northern British Isles were mainly from Norway. Loot from Ireland can be found in western Norway.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by gatty View Post
            Like a lot of people with ancestors from the British isles My origins has given me a fairly high % of Scandinavian(in my case 30%) but recent research says the Vikings left surprisingly little genetic trace. Where is the Scandinavian coming from if it is not Viking?

            http://www.newscientist.com/article/...t-its-dna.html

            is this the only company you tested with?
            I have found that my origins is not very good.
            Ancestry and 23andme are much better with the admix.

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