Face of Britain - Episode 3
Neil Oliver explores the Orkney Islands and explores the Viking ancestry of the island residents. The geneticists also compared the DNA from the residents of Norway to the residents of Orkney to determine Viking ancestry. They also compare how the residents of Orkney look in comparison to the residents of Norway. What was the impact of the Vikings on the bloodline of Britain? Was there a wholesale massacre of the people or did they intermarry with the locals?
The Orkney Islands were a perfect place for the Vikings to start their invasion of Britain. Oliver explores the history of the Viking invasions. He looks at names and shows how they can be a help in tracing a family's origins but only on the male side of the ancestry. He looks at what the fate the Pictish men had at the hands of the Vikings. He looks at the Orkney-Inga Saga for answers as to the fate of the Pictish men.
Oliver also looks at a shipwreck that may have impacted the genetics of the people of Orkney Island.
Sir Walter Bodmer's continues his work in creating a genetic map of Britain. This concludes the series on the genetic ancestry of the British.
This episode concludes with the revelation of how Viking the residents of Orkney are.
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