miércoles, octubre 18, 2006

¿Cuál era la población cuando llegaron los saxones?

Veamos primero algunas referencias:

"Population estimates based on the size and density of settlements put Britain's population at about 3.5 million by the time Romans invaded in A.D. 43.
Many historians now believe subsequent invaders from mainland Europe had little genetic impact on the British.
The notion that large-scale migrations caused drastic change in early Britain has been widely discredited, according to Simon James, an archaeologist at Leicester University, England."
"The gene pool of the island has changed, but more slowly and far less completely than implied by the old invasion model," James writes in an article for the website BBC History.
For the English, their defining period was the arrival of Germanic tribes known collectively as the Anglo-Saxons. Some researchers suggest this invasion consisted of as few as 10,000 to 25,000 people—not enough to displace existing inhabitants.
Analysis of human remains unearthed at an ancient cemetery near Abingdon, England, indicates that Saxon immigrants and native Britons lived side by side.
"Probably what we're dealing with is a majority of British people who were dominated politically by a new elite," Miles said. "They were swamped culturally but not genetically."
Genetic Continuity
"It is actually quite common to observe important cultural change, including adoption of wholly new identities, with little or no biological change to a population," Simon James, the Leicester University archaeologist, writes."


FUENTE:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/07/0719_050719_britishgene_2.html

Es decir, tan sólo 10,000 (o como máximo 25,000 personas )hacen que cambie de la noche a la mañana el idioma que utilizan para comunicarse más de 3,500,000 personas que además tienen una cultura superior a la de los teóricamente invasores...
¿Qué extraño es todo esto verdad?