Ancestral Journeys

Ancestral Journeys

The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings

  1. Jean Manco
  • ISBN 9780500292075
  • 19.80 x 13.00 cm
  • Paperback
  • 312pp
  • With 124 illustrations, including 59 maps
  • First published 2015

Who are the Europeans? Where did they come from? Ideas about our European ancestors are being transformed through archaeology, linguistics and the new genetic revolution, and the discovery of ancient DNA is dramatically changing our picture of prehistory

‘Draws conclusions that may change our long-held beliefs about European history’ – Minerva
‘Manco has provided us with a useful guide … to think about past population (pre)history in a combined, holistic and interdisciplinary way’– European Journal of Archaeology
‘An ambitious and lucid full narrative account of the peopling of Europe … this will undoubtedly provide a base line for future debates on the origins of the Europeans’– J. P. Mallory, author of 'The Origins of the Irish'

This paradigm-shifting book paints a spirited portrait of a restless people that challenges our established ways of looking at Europe’s past.

Now brought completely up to date with all the latest findings from the fast-moving fields of genetics, DNA and dating, Jean Manco’s highly readable account skilfully weaves multiple strands of evidence to produce a startling new history of Europe. It will be of great interest to anyone who wants to trace their ancestry through DNA – and understand what the results mean.

Jean Manco is a building historian with an inter-disciplinary approach, having been trained within an archaeological unit. She is also the author of Blood of the Celts.


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