• Ancestral Journeys

  • The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings (Revised and Updated Edition)
  • By: Jean Manco
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Ancient History
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Who are the Europeans? Where did they come from? New research in the fields of archaeology and linguistics, a revolution in the study of genetics, and cutting-edge analysis of ancient DNA are dramatically changing our picture of prehistory, leading us to question what we thought we knew about these ancient peoples.

This paradigm-shifting book paints a spirited portrait of a restless people that challenges our established ways of looking at Europe's past. The story is more complex than at first believed, with new evidence suggesting that the European gene pool was stirred vigorously multiple times. Genetic clues are also enhancing our understanding of European mobility in epochs with written records, including the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons, the spread of the Slavs, and the adventures of the Vikings.

Now brought completely up to date with all the latest findings from the fast-moving fields of genetics, DNA, and dating, Jean Manco's highly accessible account weaves multiple strands of evidence into a startling new history of the continent, of interest to anyone who wants to truly understand Europeans' place in the ancient world.

©2013, 2015 Thames & Hudson Ltd. (P)2020 Tantor

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Needs pictures.

I kept going back and re-listening to parts trying to grasp it. Hard to follow without graphics. I would recommend the print version.

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Very interesting but complicated

Great detail, very interesting, but messy. The truth about genetic migrations is far more complicated than the ancestry tests make it sound. Many maps would help!

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