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Re: First Settlers --Iceland
Sounds like their Viking "wives" refused to go so they had to go "collect"
some women from Ireland and Scotland to take along.
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Sent: Saturday, October 07, 2000 7:38 AM
Subject: First Settlers --Iceland
> In the interest of sharing freely, a Paul Carr shared an item with another
> list I am on, and I thought this group, if any, might be particularly
> interested in the research he happened across. If any of us are strongly
> interested, we could probably find out more/confirm the research findings
> tracking down the researchers mentioned below. I don't recall us talking
> specifically about Sinclair "first presence" on Iceland, but I would bet
> someone within our group has thought about it.
> His message:
> This may be of interest to some:
> (from the Irish Professional newsletter)
> RESEARCH INTO GAELIC PRESENCE IN ICELAND
> - Research carried out by Icelander Agnar Helgason, in conjunction with
> genetic anthropologist Dr Dan Bradley of Trinity College, has confirmed a
> strong Gaelic presence in the first settlement of Iceland. Using the Y
> chromosome in the case of male ancestry and the mitocondrial DNA in the
> female, it has been possible to support the proposition that, while most
> of the male population involved in the settlement of Iceland were of
> Scandinavian origin, the majority of females had Gaelic ancestry, coming
> from either Ireland or Scotland.
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