Britain's ancient multicultural heritage revealed: Roman skeletons found in Leicester may belong to an English-born family of African descent

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Post  dirge on Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:05 pm

Genes reveal West African heritage of white Brits



Roxanne Khams

Gene tests on a sample of “indigenous” Englishmen have thrown up a surprise black ancestry, providing new insight into a centuries-old African presence in Britain. The research, funded by the Wellcome Trust, identified a rare West African Y chromosome in a group of men from Yorkshire who share a surname that dates back at least as far as the mid-14th century and have a typical European appearance. They owe their unusual Y chromosome to an African man living in England at least 250 years ago and perhaps as early as Roman times, the researchers say.
Mark Jobling at the University of Leicester, UK, and colleagues recruited 421 men who described themselves as British and analysed their genes as part of a survey of British Y chromosome diversity. To the researchers’ surprise, they found that one individual in the study carried a very rare Y chromosome, called hgA1.[/size]

This particular variant has previously been identified in only 26 people worldwide, three African Americans and 23 men living in West African countries such as Guinea-Bissau and Senegal. “It’s so distinctive, it really sticks out like a sore thumb,” Jobling says of the chromosome’s unique sequence. He adds that it is virtually impossible for this sequence to have coincidentally evolved in Britain.


The white British subject with the hgA1 variant, however, knew of no African family connection.


https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn11018-genes-reveal-west-african-heritage-of-white-brits/

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Re: Britain's ancient multicultural heritage revealed: Roman skeletons found in Leicester may belong to an English-born family of African descent

Post  Flix on Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:21 pm

Interesting but hardly suprising. The Romans would have brought slaves with them, from just about anywhere in the then known world, not to mention those serving in the Legions and the auxiliaries and in the arenas, not to mention that the Celtic world traded on quite a large scale and would have encountered people from all over and also traders would surely have come to Britain. Its becoming more  and more obvious that Britain wasn't the isolated end of the world once thought.

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Post  Flix on Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:57 am

If you dig up enough graves anywhere you'd probably find people from places you wouldn't really expect.
Probably all over the world a few people of different ethnicities will turn up if you look hard enough.
There were graves found of Europeans in the Eskimo lands from the 1860's does that make those lands multicultural. There are certain sections of the community that cling to anything to make certain countries, Britain especially, multicultural throughout its history. People did move around a lot more than we have tended to think, Britian was a trading even before it was invaded by Rome but I doubt it had immigration on the scale of recent history, if it did it it was by nasty hairy folk armed with swords and clubs and was called an invasion.

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