Despite invasions by Saxons, Romans, Vikings, Normans, and others, the genetic makeup of today's white Britons is much the same as it was 12,000 ago, a new book claims.
Miles, research fellow at the Institute of Archaeology in Oxford, England, says recent genetic and archaeological evidence puts a new perspective on the history of the British people.
"There's been a lot of arguing over the last ten years, but it's now more or less agreed that about 80 percent of Britons' genes come from hunter-gatherers who came in immediately after the Ice Age," Miles said.
These nomadic tribes people followed herds of reindeer and wild horses northward to Britain as the climate warmed.
"Numbers were probably quite small—just a few thousand people," Miles added.
These earliest settlers were later cut off as rising sea levels isolated Britain from mainland Europe.
Hat tip: Runic
Note: 12,000 years is 11,100 years longer than the Maoris of New Zealand required to be granted the status of indigenous people