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From: "Russell Smith" <>
Subject: Seperating Danish from Anglo-Saxon?
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 07:54:29 +0800

Following on from the discussions regarding the possibility of seperating
the Y-DNA of Danish settlers of Britain (Blood of the Vikings) from that of
the Anglo-Saxon-Jutes - I think that this will always remain out of reach,
even probabilistically speaking. 1500 years ago Old Danish and the language
spoken by the Angles, Saxons and Jutes (and Frisians who also settled in
England) was so close as to be mutually intelligible and no doubt there was
frequent intermarriage between these peoples (particularly the Jutes and
Danes who were neighbours).

The contribution of the Jutes to the settlement of England is often
overlooked I think - they settled mainly in Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of
Wight according to the Venerable Bede. And while the traditional homeland of
the Danes (before they settled the Jutland peninsula) was southern Sweden
there is some evidence linking the Angles with southern Sweden as well.
Indeed the kings of Wessex (settled by Angles) traced their ancestry
ultimately to a certain Scyld, who is clearly to be identified with Skildr,
the mythical founder of the Danish royal family (Skildungar). (source

In short, the Jutland peninsula must have been a 'melting pot' of various
Germanic tribes in the early Dark age period and any initial differences in
genetic makeup of the tribes (if there was any) must have been well and
truly blurred over the centuries leading up to the invasion of Britain.

Russell Stephen Smith
Bunbury, Western Australia

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