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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:
>Roger 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. Pete