A study released last week shows that up to 40 per cent of our DNA may be from Germanic ancestors, and not the Vikings, thanks to the Anglo-Saxon migrations here in 450-600AD. The project is particularly interesting because it would seem that our genetic make-up bares out those old traditions and clichés about how we relate to each other. So the age-old rivalries between Devon and Cornwall – take for example the bitter wars fought over whether you put jam or cream on a scone first...

Ancient boundaries are the strongest

GENETIC BOUNDARIES: 'A pioneering study into [Britain's] genetic heritage . shows that up to 40 per cent of [British] DNA may be from Germanic ancestors, and not the Vikings, thanks to the Anglo-Saxon migrations in The project, carried out by

Anglo-Saxon Britain

century England, Danelaw & Jórvík - Wessex - Cumbria - Northumbria- Coast to Coast - Scandinavian York, Scandinavian Lancashire - Jorvik

Lincoln Castle East Gate by Richard Croft, via Geograph built in  the late 11th century by William the Conqueror

Lincoln Castle East Gate by Richard Croft, via Geograph built in the late century by William the Conqueror Lincoln, England

The iconic Tyne Bridge, gateway to the city is often recognised as a symbol of Newcastle. It was completed in 1928 and spans 162 metres with a road deck 26 metres above the river.

The iconic Tyne Bridge, Newcastle, England, gateway to the city is often recognized as a symbol of Newcastle. It was completed in 1928 and spans 162 metres with a road deck 26 metres above the river.

The medieval St James Church in Louth, Lincolnshire, England by Mike Whittaker

The medieval St James Church in Louth, Lincolnshire, England (Photograph by Mike Whittaker)

Castle Keep, Newcastle, UK.  Newcastle upon Tyne is a city and metropolitan borough in Tyne and Wear, North East England. Historically the county town of Northumberland, of which it was part until 1974, it is situated on the north ... Wikipedia

Castle Keep, Newcastle, UK. Newcastle upon Tyne is a city and metropolitan borough in Tyne and Wear, North East England. Historically the county town of Northumberland, of which it was part until it is situated on the north

Church of Our Lady and All Saints at Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, noted for its twisted and bent spire

Chesterfield Church of St.Mary and All Saints with its famous crooked spire. The church was finished and the spire leans from its true centre. Many versions as to why the spire leans are given.

Warkworth Castle is a ruined medieval building in the town of the same name in the English county of Northumberland. The town and castle occupy a loop of the River Coquet, less than a mile from England's north-east coast.

Geograph Britain and Ireland is a web-based project to collect and reference geographically representative images of every square kilometre of the British Isles.

The Jew's House, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England. The oldest continually inhabited domestic building in Britain, it was built before 1100

The Jew's House, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England. The oldest continually inhabited domestic building in Britain, it was built before 1100

Riber Castle - from Heights of Abraham - Matlock, Derbyshire, England

Riber Castle - from Heights of Abraham -. © Brian Chadwick cc-by-sa& :: Geograph Britain and Ireland

Louth, Lincolnshire_ England

The Greenwich Meridien passes through the town centre, where it is possible to cross between the Eastern and Western hemispheres in one step.

1724 map of Lincolnshire - 2524x4000 pixels

1724 map of Lincolnshire - 2524x4000 pixels

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