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Posted by Carl Rhodes at 20 February 2018

Category: British History, Continental European History, History of Western Civilization

First modern Britons had ‘dark to black’ skin, Cheddar Man DNA analysis reveals

The genome of Cheddar Man, who lived 10,000 years ago, suggests that he had blue eyes, dark skin and dark curly hair

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Posted by Carl Rhodes at 14 September 2017

Category: Continental European History

A female Viking warrior confirmed by genomics

The objective of this study has been to confirm the sex and the affinity of an individual buried in a well-furnished warrior grave (Bj 581) in the Viking Age town of Birka, Sweden. Previously, based on the material and historical records, the male sex has been associated with the gender of the warrior and such was the case with Bj 581. An earlier osteological classification of the individual as female was considered controversial in a historical and archaeological context. A genomic confirmation of the biological sex of the individual was considered necessary to solve the issue.

Materials and methods

Genome-wide sequence data was generated in order to confirm the biological sex, to support skeletal integrity, and to investigate the genetic relationship of the individual to ancient individuals as well as modern-day groups. Additionally, a strontium isotope analysis was conducted to highlight the mobility of the individual.

The genomic results revealed the lack of a Y-chromosome and thus a female biological sex, and the mtDNA analyses support a single-individual origin of sampled elements. The genetic affinity is close to present-day North Europeans, and within Sweden to the southern and south-central region. Nevertheless, the Sr values are not conclusive as to whether she was of local or nonlocal origin….

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Posted by Carl Rhodes at 3 April 2016

Category: Continental European History


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Posted by Carl Rhodes at 16 November 2014

Category: Continental European History

From the BBC News: The genetic ancestry of the earliest Europeans survived the ferocious Ice Age that took hold after the continent was initially settled by modern people. That is the suggestion of a study of DNA from a male hunter who lived in western Russia 36,000 years ago.
His genome is not exactly like those of people who lived in Europe just after the ice sheets melted 10,000 years ago.
But the study suggests the earliest Europeans did contribute their genes to later populations . .See the whole story here.

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 4 October 2013

Category: American History, British History, Continental European History

First, a couple of little facts about English, the language we speak. Did you know that the word “husband” is from the Vikings, while “wife” is of Germanic origin? The television documentary The Story of English was an Emmy Award-winning nine-part series that was produced in 1986 for BBC and PBS television. The series details the development of the English language from early times in English history to the present, with its influence throughout the world during modern time. I vividly recall when I first saw the series in 1986; it made such an impression me that decades later, I would relay to my daughter and others what impact it made on me in understanding the language and how we speak it today. The Story of English was originally broadcast with a companion book, and the series was released as a 5-tape box set in 2001, running 495 minutes. The book and series have been used in University courses. Now, thanks to the information age and the internet we can see this great documentary once more. Of course, you will find some of it is a little dated since it’s from the 1980’s, but history is history. It is definitely my favorite documentary and is a must-see in my opinion.
Here is the video of the documentary in its entirety:

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Posted by Carl Rhodes at 22 December 2012

Category: British History, Continental European History, Uncategorized

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 22 December 2012

Category: British History, Continental European History, Uncategorized

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 22 December 2012

Category: American History, Continental European History, Uncategorized

The Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler incident occurred on the 20 December, 1943, when, after a successful bomb run on Bremen, Charles ‘Charlie’ Brown’s B-17 Flying Fortress (named “Ye Olde Pub”) was severely damaged by German fighters. Luftwaffe pilot and ace Franz Stigler had an opportunity to shoot down the crippled bomber, but instead, for humanitarian reasons, decided to allow the crew to fly back to their airfield in England.

Bf 109 pilot Franz Stigler and B-17 pilot Charlie Brown’s first meeting:

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