Magazine article History Today

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Magazine article History Today

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According to a genetic study by British and American scientists, contemporary male residents of the Orkney Isles still bear a close resemblance to the Viking invaders of the 9th century. DNA analysis of their Y-chromosomes and those of contemporary Norwegian men showed strong similarities. The study also found strung genetic links between the Irish and Welsh and the enigmatic Basques, and research will continue into profiling the impact of Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Britons, Celts and Normans on successive generations in the British Isles. (April 3rd)

A life-size Roman bronze of an arm, dating from the 1st century AD, has been uncovered in the City of London. Believed to be from a statue of an emperor or deity, it was unearthed by archaeologists from the Museum of London during excavations of a water channel at Gresham Street, just south of the site of the Roman amphitheatre. Bronze statue remains from the Roman period are extremely rare as most were melted down to their base metals. (April 6th)

The skeleton of an Iron Age warrior queen, complete with her heavily decorated chariot, has been unearthed by archaeologists in the East Yorkshire village of Wetwang. Dating from the 3rd or 4th century BC, the finds may form the earliest chariot burial so far discovered. According to English Heritage, the woman, who was in her late 20s or early 30s, was possibly the wife of a chief or king of the local tribe. This is the seventh chariot burial find from the Wetwang area and altogether fifteen such burials have been found in East Yorkshire. (April 7th)

South Korea has recalled its ambassador to Japan in protest at new school history textbooks which, according to Seoul, fail adequately to acknowledge Japanese Second World War atrocities. The book originally omitted mention of `comfort women', Asians forced into sexual slavery in Japanese army brothels, and referred to the slaughter by Japanese troops of 300,000 Chinese civilians in the 1937 Nanjing Massacre as `nothing like a holocaust'. …

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