DNA unveils origins of farming in Britain

03 May 2019
Presented by Ben McAllister.

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Neolithic British Structure

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Before Britain was a nation of shopkeepers we were a nation of farmers; before that, the population were a bunch of hunter gatherers. But farming didn’t catch on here until 1000 years after it had in Europe. Why was always a mystery but now DNA technology is shedding new light on how this could have happened. Ben McAllister has been looking into the story with Mark Thomas from University College London.

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