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Who are the Celts?
Jean Manco

  • Thursday 9 June 2016, 7.30PM to 8:20pm
  • Free admission
    Booking required
  • K/133, King's Manor, Exhibition Square (map)
  • No wheelchair access

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Join historian and author Jean Manco as she asks: Where did the Celts come from? In recent years scientific advances have yielded a mass of new data, turning accepted ideas upside down. For decades archaeologists regarded Europe’s past as largely a story of people staying in one place. Geneticists followed suit. Now that DNA is being extracted from the bones of long-gone Europeans, a startling new vision is emerging.  The peopling of Europe in prehistory turns out to be a much more dynamic story, with one wave of migration following another. The ancient Celts can now be seen as an adventurous people, who brought a new language to the British Isles.

About the speaker

For many years Jean Manco was a building historian with an inter-disciplinary approach, having been trained within an archaeological unit. She taught at Plymouth and Bristol universities. More recently she has pursued her wider interests in genetics, linguistics and the prehistory of Europe. She is the author of Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the first venturers to the Vikings and Blood of the Celts. 


The book will be available to buy from the Waterstones' stall at this event.



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