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What Happened To Irish Women Taken as Slaves by Vikings? DNA Study Reveals All

Posted by Jean-Yves on Jun 9, 2018

New Icelandic genetic research has revealed the fate of the thousands of Irish women who were enslaved by the Vikings and brought overseas to colonize Iceland.

Mostly women were taken from Ireland and Scotland by the Nordic warriors some 1,000 years ago and settled in Iceland, putting down roots on the North Atlantic island. New DNA mapping has now revealed that these Irish women did not play as much of an influence in the genetic make-up of modern-day Iceland as the Vikings who brought them there.

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My family are Norse Gaelic, Asmundr (Dionach de Dhia). I do however think that the relationship between the Old Norse and Celtic people was based largely on coexistence and trade rather than war and destruction as the historians would like to lead us to believe so much birds and bees took place, we can also remember that the Celts of Eriu and Albione were continually fishing these Viking guys out of the sea to prevent them from drowning themselves which is not indicative of a population that was embroiled in war with one another. There are too few geological sites indicating conflict between these two nations to indicate that the situation between them leant towards destruction rather than coexistence and trade, but they had their tiffs.

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