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.
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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