>Deep ancestry of the British Isles shows very little
of what we would call Iron Age Celtic genetic
contribution, but rather a genetic contribution esp in
these areas of a native population, dating presumably
from the Mesolithic period, (possibly earlier)
contemporary with the people who laid the groundwork
for later development of these monuments and thier
various cult activities.
I keep hearing and reading that, but these things are not facts
just yet, and when I listen and read genetic scientists in their
forums they will usually get around to saying that these
conclusions aren't really solid conclusions, and certainly are not
facts just yet due to the nature of the science.
There is an interesting discussion at DNA-forums.org about the
split between R1a and R1b and how that is the general demarcation
between satem and centum languages among those speaking
Indo-European languages in Europe. They are also questioning why
it is considered orthodox to view R1b as having switched languages
and cultures from Basque to Celtic. Some say it does not make much
sense since R1a and R1b have a common genetic origin (R1) and
geneticists have thus far considered R1a (found among Hindi,
Russian, Iranian speakers) as the genetic type which brought the
Indo-European language to Europe and the other places where it is
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