DNA unveils origins of farming in Britain

Farming was imported to Britain by migrants, not adopted by locals, according to new ancient DNA study.
03 May 2019
Presented by Ben McAllister


Neolithic British Structure


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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