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Blood of the Vikings BBC

Blood of the Vikings - The 5 episode series traces the legacy of the Vikings in the British Isles through a genetics survey. The research confirmed that the Vikings did not just raid and retreat to Scandinavia, but settled in Britain for years. They left their genetic pattern in some parts of the UK population.Concentrations of Norwegian genetic heritage were found in part of Cumbria in northwest England, the area around Penrith, the Shetland and Orkney Islands and the far north of the Scottish mainland.

In addition the research revealed surprising new information about Celtic and Anglo-Saxon heritage on the British mainland. Men who were tested in mainland Scotland had a percentage of Celtic genetic heritage similar to the population of southern England. This showed  that Celtic heritage persisted among men in southern England after Anglo-Saxon settlement; and  that the Scots were not predominantly Celtic.


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