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Kevin7 asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 9 years ago

What is the connection between the Kets and the Celtic people?

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  • Connie
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    Steven Jones, a geneticist in Wales, said that, according to dna, the Kets may be the ancestors of the "Kelts" and Basque. A Basque geneticist at the University of Nevada, working independently of Steven Jones (in Wales), came to the same conclusion: Genetic evidence may in fact point to the Kets as the original populace that later became the Basque/Kelts (who entered Europe 50,000 to 30,000 years ago).


    Aberystwyth-born geneticist, Prof Steve Jones, concurs with the latest findings, saying the Welsh and the Irish are among the most homogeneous people in the world - though they remain markedly different from the English.

    Prof Jones and colleagues at University College London, spent years creating a genetic map of the Y chromosome, which is passed by males from generation to generation. The results show the Welsh are related to the Basques of northern Spain and southern France and to native Americans. All are descended from the Kets people of western Siberia.

    Prof Jones, author of Y - The Descent of Man, said the Y chromosomes showed a marked difference between males on the Welsh and English side of the border.

    "This shows that in the Dark Ages, when the Anglo-Saxons turned up, there was the most horrible massacre on the English side. They killed everybody and replaced them.

    "The Welsh Y chromosome is similar to that of the Basques. In the male line, at least, the Welsh and the Basques are survivors or relics of a period before huge numbers of farmers filled Europe from the Middle East.

    "There has been much less inter-breeding in Wales than you might expect. Wales and Ireland have the most homogenous group of males anywhere in the world."

    The genetics show that the Welsh are not related to the Cornish, despite the similarity of their languages. "The Cornish are in effect Anglo-Saxons who for a time used a language that was hanging around." The genes of Scottish males also showed considerable inter-mixing with outsiders. Prof Jones said genetics provided more reliable clues to the distant past than language. He said the Y chromosome common among Welsh males was an ancient one.

    In 2001, scientists at the University of London, led by Professor David Goldstein, discovered that Welsh and Irish Celts were the "genetic blood-brothers of Basques". Researchers concluded that the gene patterns of the three races passed down through the male line were all "strikingly similar". Basques can trace their roots back to the Stone Age and are one of Europe's most distinct people, fiercely proud of their ancestry and traditions.

    The research added to previous studies which have suggested a possible link between the Celts and Basques, dating back tens of thousands of years.

  • 9 years ago

    ooops.! sorry. I thought it was a typo.

    Here's the Kets.

    The Ket are the sole survivors of an ancient group believed to have originally lived throughout central southern Siberia. Today there are about 1100 Ket living mostly to the east of the middle reaches of the Yenisei River. Their extinct relatives included the Kotts, Assans, Arins, Baikots, and Pumpokols, all of whom lived further upriver (that is, further to the south) than the modern Ket before being assimilated to the Russians or their Native Siberian neighbors during the 17-19th centuries. (The Assans merged with the Ewenki to the East; the Arins and Baikots merged with the Turkic Khakas to the south; the Kotts became Russified by the 1840's.) Only the most northerly group has retained their language and ethnic identity into the 20th century. Formerly called Ostyak, or Yenisei-Ostyak (from a Turkic word meaning "stranger"), the group is now known as the Ket, from the tribe's word for "person." At one time the northern group of Ket were also known by their tribal name Imbak, while one of the southern groups was known as Yugh (pronounced "yook"; often written "Yug"). During the 1960's it was discovered that the Yugh were a separate ethnos with their own distinct, though related language. The Yughs, along with their language, dissappeared as a distinct ethnic entity by the late 1980's, leaving the Imbaks as the sole remaining Yeniseian people. The Ket, as well as the Yughs and their extinct relatives are called Yeniseians by linguists and ethnographers.

    Linguistically and anthropologically, the Ket are one of the most enigmatic people of Asia. The Yeniseian peoples are thought to be descendents of some of the earliest inhabitants of Central Southern Siberia, while all of their neighbors seem to be relative newcomers. DNA studies show affinities to the peoples of Southeast Asia (Tibetans, Burmese, and others) not shared by other Siberian peoples. The linguistic evidence is even more striking. The Ket language, still spoken by about 600 of the Ket, is entirely different than any other language in Siberia. (The extinct Yeniseian languages, which were recorded in the 18th and 19th centuries by European exploreres, were all fairly similar to modern Ket.) Linguists believe that a proto-Yeniseian language existed 2000 or more years ago. This language, in turn, may have been related to such far-flung languages as Basque in Spain, Burushaski in northern India, the native languages of the Caucusus, as well as Tibetan and Chinese. Some linguists see an affinity between proto-Yeniseian and such Native American languages as Tlingit and Navajo, as well. Recently, linguists have posited a superfamily called Dene-Causasian which includes Yeniseian as one of its branches. If all of these languages do stem from some common ancestor, this ancient proto-language might have existed 20,000 or more years ago. Studying modern Ket is essential for piecing together these ancient relationships.

    Source(s): Kelts google
  • 3 years ago

    Absolutely no connection whatever. Celtic FC and their lovers declare roots from oppressed Irish Catholics. So they generally tend to aid some other rebellious reason world wide, so long as they don't seem to be anti-catholic. Hence their aid for the IRA, Basques, Hamas, Palestinians, Che Guvara, and many others. Likewise they hate the perceived oppressors; Britain, Israel, USA, and many others. As a Norseman you're going to now not be welcome due to the fact of your nation's Protestant roots.

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