Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

More historic genes

In my recent post Viking genes I posted links to two reports on a recent research project looking at the genetic mix of the Viking population of the British Isles and of the European regions in which other Scandinavians of the period settled. Since then I have come upon another article about the research from the Yorkshire Post. This, perhaps predictably, concentrates  on evidence relating to the city of York and to the commercial and trading life of Anglo-Scandinavian Jorvik. The article can be read at Ancient DNA sheds new light on Viking tales of pillage and plunder across the seas from Scandinavia

By coincidence I came across an article originally published by NBC News in 2015 about research into the genetic structure of the traditional population balance of the British Isles. Based on people whose grandparents came from the same location it demonstrates what to some might be perhaps surprising continuities in British life. It can be seen at Who's Your Daddy? DNA Map of England Shows Who's Your Great-Grandpa, Too

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