Re: Indo-European family tree (was Re: Celtic and Afro-Asiatic?)
|From:||Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, October 4, 2005, 14:23|
At 14:53 04/10/2005, you wrote:
> > Joerg wrote:
> > > But you offered
> > > an explanation by yourself above. Thomas Wier says that it was
> > > "more or less now accepted that the Anglo-Saxons exterminated most
> > > of the Romano-Celtic population in Britain". I am doubtful of that;
> > Me too; given sufficient numbers, the A-S could simply marginalize the
> > natives-- grabbing their lands, competing in the trades, etc.
>Look, what I was saying was the opinion of people who've looked
>at the question a great deal harder than any of us. And I did
>also include ethnic cleansing as a possibility cited in the literature.
>But it would be nice (and polite) if instead of simply denying the
>claim, people would, you know, give a reasoned argument against it,
>preferably including citations such as I have done.
One interesting historical fact to add into the mix here - according to
Bede, the Angles migrated to England in such numbers that their original
homeland was left empty to his day. We also know that the Romano-British
were militarily weak, since they originally invited Hengest and Horsa to
their country as mercenaries. It's quite possible that the majority of them
simply fled before the Anglo-Saxon advance.