Originally Posted by looksee
I got the impression that theywere saying that the results would have to be investigated in much more detail before they could come up with any further information. It would be a bit pointless giving 'answers' if they don't have any yet. The whole point was that they were investigating blood lines, rather than other historical research.
Research costs money. RTE got their programme out of it, now presumably it will have to wait until someone sponsors more investigation.
Who said anything about historical research? All they needed to do was have a Prehistorian on to give an informed opinion on the possible reasons for such a significant cultural change. It wouldn't have taken any amount of research or funding, as there's plenty already done on the period in question. Hell, anyone with a degree in Irish archaeology or anthropology could give plenty sound bites on it for free.
The pollen diagrams for the Iron Age show a disruption in agriculture probably due to environmental factors; the forcing of the nomadic populations to move on from areas being divided between groups in terms of territories, etc. etc. Loads of theories could have been put out there and driven interest in the question within the archaeology and anthropology profession.
Lack of joined-up thinking by producers is the problem, clearly. Ah well, was a good enough couple of programs despite its shallow dipping-of-toes into the more interesting aspects of genetics and cultural change.