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In episode one of the series, historian Alistair Moffat enlists the help of historical geneticist Jim Wilson to tell the story of where we, the Scottish people, all came from originally. It turns out that much of the history of population in Scotland can be found inside of us - written in our genes - and that we are all, in fact immigrants.
The programme travels from Cramond, outside Edinburgh, where the oldest traces of human settlement were discovered in a car park, dating back to 9000BC, to East Barnes in East Lothian where the first signs of human migration after the Ice Age reveal that those pioneering people came up from the South, from as far away as Iberia.
Alistair Moffat discovers how the story of where we all come from is written in our genes.
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In episode one of the series, historian Alistair Moffat enlists the help of historical geneticist Jim Wilson to tell the story of where we, the Scottish people, all came from originally. It turns out that much of the history of population in Scotland can be found inside of us - written in our genes - and that we are all, in fact immigrants.
The programme travels from Cramond, outside Edinburgh, where the oldest traces of human settlement were discovered in a car park, dating back to 9000BC, to East Barnes in East Lothian where the first signs of human migration after the Ice Age reveal that those pioneering people came up from the South, from as far away as Iberia.
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Historian Alistair Moffat explores the history of the Scottish people, and where we all come from, in the light of new evidence from DNA science.
It turns out that much of the history of population movement is written inside of us, in our genes.
Leaving East Barns in East Lothian, where you can still see traces of the land mass which once joined Scotland to the rest of Europe, Alistair tramps up Cairnpapple Hill near Linlithgow in the company of historical geneticist Jim Wilson, to discover the prehistoric traces of Scotland's first farmers, whose names are lost but whose DNA has survived to this day inside the bodies of modern Scots.
Alistair Moffat discovers how the story of where we all come from is written in our genes.
In the second programme of the series, historian Alistair Moffat explores the history of the Scottish people, and where we all come from, in the light of new evidence from DNA science.
02201112262/6
Historian Alistair Moffat explores the history of the Scottish people, and where we all come from, in the light of new evidence from DNA science. It turns out that much of the history of population movement is written inside of us, in our genes.
Leaving East Barns in East Lothian, where you can still see traces of the land mass which once joined Scotland to the rest of Europe, Alistair tramps up Cairnpapple Hill near Linlithgow in the company of historical geneticist Jim Wilson, to discover the prehistoric traces of Scotland's first farmers, whose names are lost but whose DNA has survived to this day inside the bodies of modern Scots.
Alistair Moffat discovers how the story of where we all come from is written in our genes.
02201102232/6
Historian Alistair Moffat explores the history of the Scottish people, and where we all come from, in the light of new evidence from DNA science. It turns out that much of the history of population movement is written inside of us, in our genes.
Leaving East Barns in East Lothian, where you can still see traces of the land mass which once joined Scotland to the rest of Europe, Alistair tramps up Cairnpapple Hill near Linlithgow in the company of historical geneticist Jim Wilson, to discover the prehistoric traces of Scotland's first farmers, whose names are lost but whose DNA has survived to this day inside the bodies of modern Scots.
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Alistair Moffat discovers how our history is influenced by the geography of Scotland.
Historian Alistair Moffat traces the history of the Scottish people with the help of historical geneticist Jim Wilson.
Today we discover how much of our history as a population is influenced by the geography of Scotland, and the natural barriers which dictated the gathering of clusters of types of DNA in specific parts of the country.
And Jim Wilson explains the phenomenon of social selection which enabled Somerled the Viking, the 12th century Lord of the Isles, King Man and founder of Clan Donald managed to have 400,000 descendants living in the world today.
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Historian Alistair Moffat traces the history of the Scottish people with the help of historical geneticist Jim Wilson.
Today we discover how much of our history as a population is influenced by the geography of Scotland, and the natural barriers which dictated the gathering of clusters of types of DNA in specific parts of the country.
And Jim Wilson explains the phenomenon of social selection which enabled Somerled the Viking, the 12th century Lord of the Isles, King Man and founder of Clan Donald managed to have 400,000 descendants living in the world today.
Alistair Moffat discovers how our history is influenced by the geography of Scotland.
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Travelling from the ancient heart of Pictland to the Borders, historian Alistair Moffat retraces the movements of invaders from Northumbria throughout our early history, and enlists the help of historical geneticist Jim Wilson to find out how much of the heart of Scotland is actually English today.
And Alistair Moffat gets more than he bargained for when he finds out what DNA analysis reveals about his ancestors' origins.
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Alistair Moffat retraces the movements of invaders from Northumbria through our history.
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Travelling from the ancient heart of Pictland to the Borders, historian Alistair Moffat retraces the movements of invaders from Northumbria throughout our early history, and enlists the help of historical geneticist Jim Wilson to find out how much of the heart of Scotland is actually English today.
And Alistair Moffat fgets more than he bargained for when he finds out what DNA analysis reveals about his ancestors' origins.
Alistair Moffat retraces the movements of invaders from Northumbria through our history.
052011031620111226Historian Alistair Moffat visits Lindisfarne, Dumbarton Rock and Stirling Castle on his journey to trace the origins of the Scots people, from the Ice Age onwards.
He pinpoints the arrival of the Vikings in our history, and with the help of historical geneticist Jim Wilson he finds out how much of their DNA type has been inherited in today's population. Everybody may want to be a Viking, but only some of us are!
Historian Alistair Moffat visits Lindisfarne, Dumbarton Rock and Stirling Castle.

He pinpoints the arrival of the Vikings in our history, and with the help of historical geneticist Jim Wilson he finds out how much of their DNA type has been inherited in today's population.
Everybody may want to be a Viking, but only some of us are! 5/6.
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So who are we now? Historian Alistair Moffat reaches the present day in his journey to trace the origins of the Scottish people. With the help of historical geneticist Jim Wilson, he unravels the clues we can glean from surnames, which are co -inherited with the male Y chromosome.
Together they piece together the effect of all the major migrations of people into Scotland - how much have they enriched the Scottish gene pool? The evidence is that all Scots are immigrants. The only difference between us is how far back our ancestors arrived and where they came from.
Alistair Moffat discovers how the story of where we all come from is written in our genes.

Last episode in a new series in which Alistair Moffat explores the history of where we, the Scots, all came from, with the help of new DNA science.6/6.

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