March 1, 2011

Basque language origins' 6th meeting: genetics and Basque origins

The 6th meeting of the Association of Basque Language Origins (Euskararen Jatorria Elkartea) will take place this May 7th at Gares, Navarre. Notably this gathering will have geneticists Stephen Oppenheimer and Antonio Arnaiz Villena as special guests.

Announcement and schedule are to be found at the blog Euskararen Jatorria (in Basque), but I'll reproduce the schedule here in English for the general interest:

9:30 Arrival, accreditation and book exposition
9:45 Welcome and presentation
10:00 Marian Martínez Pancorbo and Sergio Cardoso: Basque lineages speak of their past
10:45 Antonio Arnaiz: Basque genetics and linguistics: Iberian language in Veleia and Pamplona (in Spanish)
11:30 Break
11:45 Stephen Oppenheimer: the Origins of the British and the relevance for the Basque Country (in English)
12:30 Round table: the input of Genetics to understanding the origins of Basque language
14:15 Meal
17:00 Visit: Andelos, a Roman town and the Iberian script
18:30 Josu Naberan and Bienvenido Mascaray: the meaning of the sentences of 2nd century Andelos (in Basque)
19:00 200th birthday of Agosti Xaho: Aitor, the Cantabrian legend
19:30 Seberino Onaindia and Gabino Seijo: considerations on the Basque language (in Basque)
19:45 Last year of Iruña-Veleia in pictures. By Juan Martín Elexpuru, Dr. in Basque Philology and author of the book Iruña-Veleia euskarazko grafitoak (Iruña-Veleia: the Basque graffiti)
20:00 End of meeting

Cost: €45.00 (including meal and visit to Andelos), students and unemployed people: €30.00. 

Details of inscription at original post (in Basque).

Artistic impression of the two Europe-specific Y-DNA R1b major clades (details)


  1. Great stuff. I hope you can provide some reports on the highlights from the conference for those of us who can't hope to attend.

  2. At the moment I'm not planning attending. I do not have a car to begin with and the place is somewhat apart but maybe I can make some arrangements... we'll see.

  3. for a very long time i have searched to find the origins of my last name...i finally found out my last name is of basque origin...i am very interested in learning more about the history of the basque people and language. i recently learned of this page. could someone please contact me with more information. thank you.

  4. I cannot contact you unless you provide a way of contact. Also what is your surname?


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