Mapping Viking DNA in Normandy

Vikings Invading Normandy

The Vikings invaded and colonized Normandy and now scientists are looking for DNA traces. (Photo illustration: «Vikings», History Channel)

British scientists have started to collect DNA samples from Frenchmen to learn more about Viking colonization of Normandy.

– The aim is to learn more about the intensity of the Scandinavian colonization in the 9th and 10th centuries, says Richard Jones, senior history lecturer at the University of Leicester to Phys.org.

The team is also searching for Viking roots amongst residents in three areas of Britain.

Norwegian Vikings

The British researchers collect DNA from a hundred volunteers on the Cotentin Peninsula, also known as the Cherbourg Peninsula, in Normandy.

Historians believe many Norwegian Vikings settled down in the area, although most Vikings in Normandy were Danish.

According to Phys.org, the French volunteers have been chosen because they have surnames that are of Scandinavian origin or that have been present in…

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2 thoughts on “Mapping Viking DNA in Normandy

  1. Reminds me of the extensive Viking influence near our home in Norfolk. Lots of places with Viking names still exist. After all, this was part of the ‘Danelaw’.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindolveston
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danelaw
    What with them, and the Saxons, I doubt anyone in the south of this country can ever consider themselves to be truly ‘English’. (And that was no doubt a corruption of ‘Angles’ anyway!)
    Best wishes,Pete.

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