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Dr Francis Pryor asserts that the myth of the Anglo-Saxon invasion is just a tale.

youtube: The Anglo-Saxon invasion History of Britain BBC documentary
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There is a small amount of Germanic admixture in up to half of all English people, this is most pronounced in the Eastern coastal regions of England, where some people have anywhere between 10 - 40% 'Anglo Saxon' DNA, but in the West, Germanic admixture is negligable to none. Personally I would suggest this mix in the East is from centuries of movement through trade with the Germanic regions via the North Sea, rather than conquest and invasion. Generally, most English people are still overwhelmingly of Celtic descent, and genetically closer to the Welsh, Scots and Irish.
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DNA testing of Britain's population as well as a huge amount of archaeological evidence has confirmed past large influxes of migrants from Germany:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...ndinavian.html who not only left lasting genetic legacies on the genetic makeup on this Island, but left even wider cultural impacts:
https://www.newscientist.com/article...t-not-its-dna/

The arrival of Anglo-Saxons is associated with all sorts of cultural changes in this country, especially a re-emergence/strengthening in paganized Christianity (for example the Anglo-Saxon migrants had many distinct Christian-pagan burial customs, such as building barrows; some ancient churches still sport ancient Christian barrows from these times! https://historicengland.org.uk/listi...-entry/1014781 ) and distinct jewelry (i.e. https://sussexpast.co.uk/learning/le...y-anglo-saxons ) and ceramics (i.e. http://legacy.ashmolean.org/anglosax...food/bowl.html ) etc.

And just as the genetics, archaeological evidence and cultural changes etc back up the Anglo Saxon migrations, around this time you even witness a distinct shift in the English language and thus names (place names, people's names- names for all sorts of things!). For example here is a list of Anglo Saxon names used in England: https://www.behindthename.com/names/usage/anglo-saxon . While many of these names are virtually extinct now (you won't hear anyone going by the name of Dudda, Aelred or Cynefrith!) quite a number of Anglo Saxon origin names have survived in usage to the present day (for example Oscar, Mildred and Edward all have Anglo-Saxon origins). Anglo Saxons (with their ancient German language) also made the biggest foreign language contribution to the English language as we currently know it (for example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...o-Saxon_origin ).
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