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From: Diane Hettrick <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Orkney Vole and Irish Pygmy Shrew in Neolithic shipping.
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2006 17:39:08 -0700
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On Aug 23, 2006, at 9:42 AM, Peter A. Kincaid wrote:

> ----- Original Message ----- From: "brian quinn" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Wednesday, August 23, 2006 12:17 AM
> Subject: [DNA] Orkney Vole and Irish Pygmy Shrew in Neolithic shipping.
>> Well mob that went to Orkneys Northern Ireland and Scotland may have
>> been
>> the crew that took the Orkney Vole to the Orkneys. Latest idea seems
>> to be
>> Iberian origin of the unusual and isolated Orkney Vole. However it
>> has to
>> have been taken there by boat during the Neolithic, maybe 3000 bce.
>> Perhaps
>> as sailor's food like the Polynesian Rat. This at a time when Megalith
>> building happening there and in Boyne Valley.
> The Orkney vole has been an enigma for quite a number of
> years and before DNA a Franco/Iberian origin was suggested.
> I agree that this is worthy evidence. One can't help but think
> there is some kind of ancient trade angle here.
> Best wishes!
> Peter

I probably saw this on the Discovery Channel, but they now think that
the Phoenicians went much farther than the traditional archaeological
evidence which confined them to the Mediterranean.


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