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GUEST,Santa BS: Who are the Welsh? (55* d) RE: BS: Who are the Welsh? 24 Sep 03

There's certainly evidence that (part of) the literary tradition came from the North Britons, but none of mass migration. Which there is in Brittany. If the genetic traces point to a basque-ish origin, this does imply a long-lasting population. The Beaker people? This reminds me of the recent DNA match between prehistoric man in Somerset and a current inhabitant. (Though none of the people I knew in Bristol would have been in the least surprised at that.)

It has long been argued whether the Celts were a population movement or a cultural one: it seems that in Wales it was mainly cultural, whatever it was in the rest of the country. The Cornish and Breton DNA evidence might add more to this - shame no-one seems to have seen this.

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