Basque Mystery Solved


Trainera teams of NT2-Ondarribia (R), Tiran (L, down), and San Juan-Iberdrola (L, top), in action during the traditional 'Bandera de la Concha' race of traineras in San Sebastian, northern Spain, 06 September 2015. The trainera is a traditional boat that was used to move caught fish from the big ships to the market and has become a row discipline with its own league.

Rather than “planted” in the middle of Europe, the Basques are indigenous people. The world changed around them significantly; in some significant ways, the Basques did not.

One of the biggest mysteries in Europe appears to have been resolved.

The distinct and unparalleled language of Basques, that presents little or no affinity with any other language, as the people of the Basque country were literally planted in the midst of the Pyrenees, may have just been resolved.

A study in PNAS journal suggests they descend from a mixed group of hunters and farmers that were isolated for millennia. A study by Mattias Jakobsson of Uppsala University in Sweden analysed th...

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