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Ancestral Journeys

The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings

Jean Manco


An exploration of the ways in which linguistics, genetics and archaeology are throwing more light onto the origins of our ancient ancestors

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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.

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

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'A bloody good book'
Minerva Reads

'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

'Manco has provided us with a useful guide … to think about past population'
European Journal of Archaeology

'Draws conclusions that may change our long-held beliefs about European history'

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Revised and updated edition

Size: 19.8 x 13.0 cm

Extent: 312 pp

Publication date: 2 September 2015

ISBN: 9780500292075

Contents List

Preface; 1 Who are the Europeans?; 2 Migration: Principles and Problems; 3 The First Europeans; 4 Mesolithic Hunters and Fishermen; 5 The First Farmers; 6 Dairy Farming; 7 The Copper Age; 8 The Indo-European Family; 9 Indo-Europeans and Genetics; 10 Beaker Folk to Celts and Italics; 11 Minoans and Mycenaeans; 12 Iron Traders and Warriors; 13 Etruscans and Romans; 14 The Great Wandering; 15 The Slavs; 16 Bulgars and Magyars; 17 Vikings; 18 Epilogue.

About the Author

Jean Manco was a building historian who trained within an archaeological unit and applied an interdisciplinary approach to her work. She is the author of Ancestral Journeys and Blood of the Celts, both published by Thames & Hudson.

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