The end of the project The project is now closed, but the discussion continues. Over the period of the project we have foudn that oen of the fundamental problems of cross-disciplinary research is the lack of understanding of methods and theories. The discussion in the network have helped us to understand each other's research better. This is certainly not the last time we have worked together. We have presented the project at several events and the enxt one is the Midlands Viking Symposium which will take place in Dublin this year. For a registration form please click here: mvs2011final.pdf
This project will establish a cross-disciplinary network of academics that will examine in detail linkages between ethnicity and migration among the mixed population of Irish, British and Norse who created the so-called “Ostman” colonies of Ireland and Britain and which, in turn, is thought to have provided the context for insular migration to Iceland. The specific objective is:
Recent studies (Goodacre et al. 2005) have shown that a substantial part of the modern Icelandic population has genes whose origins overlap those of modern Celtic populations in Ireland and Scotland. A likely significant factor contributing to this degree of shared identity is the migration of Irish and other Celtic groups during the Viking Age. Current historical models suggest that such large-scale movement of people should have left their mark in terms of language borrowing and material culture, and yet the paucity of evidence for an insular impact on Iceland in these fields is startling. This absence of evidence leads to a fundamental question of the nature of migration in the first millennium, which has hitherto been left unexplored.
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