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    Default who inhabited the British Isles 4000 years ago?

    also when did the Celts arrive to the area and what's known about the the native population that lived there before the Celts ?? I'm not familiar with the history of most of western europe pre-common era so this is why I'm wondering.

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    Celts arrived approx 500BC, before that, read this

    http://www.etrusia.co.uk/precelts.php
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    native britons.. see connery, zeta jones, rowan atkinson, robbie williams or tim henman types.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zvit View Post
    Celts arrived approx 500BC, before that, read this

    http://www.etrusia.co.uk/precelts.php
    Some linguistic analyses reckon that the ancestor of insular celtics(both Q & P) split from the ancestor of central euro celtic 3-4ky BCE and arrived here (southern Hibernia) with the neolithic. The arrivistes would have developed Q-celtic (Gaelic) but as it spread with agriculture to the rest of Prettania the indigenes transformed Q to P.
    Celt was a term used by Greeks & Romans for the late Bronze/early Iron age middle euros and there's no evidence archaeological or genetic for any migration thence hither. The only arrivals were the coastal Belgae who it's now reckoned spoke something related to their Fries and Anglic Ingaevonic neighbours.

    If you can get BBC on line there's currently a series "a history of ancient britain
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00xchyf

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prehistoric_Britain
    The Neolithic
    (around 4000 – 2000 BC)

    The Neolithic was the period of domestication of plants and animals. A debate is currently being waged between those who believe that the introduction of farming and a sedentary lifestyle was brought about by resident peoples adopting new practices, and those who hold the opinion that it was effected by continental invaders bringing their culture with them and, to some degree, replacing the indigenous populations.

    Analysis of the mitochondrial DNA of modern European populations shows that over 80% are descended in the female line from European hunter-gatherers. Less than 20% are descended in the female line from Neolithic farmers from the Middle East and from subsequent migrations. The percentage in Britain is smaller at around 11% . Initial studies suggested that this situation is different with the paternal Y-chromosome DNA, varying from 10–100% across the country, being higher in the east. This was considered to show a large degree of population replacement during the Anglo-Saxon invasion and a nearly complete masking over of whatever population movement (or lack of it) went before in these two countries.[4] However, more widespread studies have suggested that there was less of a division between western and eastern parts of Britain with less Anglo-Saxon migration.[5] Looking from a more Europe-wide standpoint, researchers at Stanford University have found overlapping cultural and genetic evidence that supports the theory that migration was, at least, partially responsible for the Neolithic Revolution in Northern Europe (including Britain).[6] The science of genetic anthropology is changing very fast and a clear picture across the whole of human occupation of Britain has yet to emerge

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