What did the Angles, Saxons and Jutes do to the native English?

authun

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Aug 2011
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The Celts weren't natives. They arrived in Britain only around 600BC. They were invaders, too.
Celtic tribes like the Parisii may have migrated to Britain in the 6th cent. but their celtic neighbours, the Brigantes, show a good deal of continuity with the bronze age.
 
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Celtic tribes like the Parisii may have migrated to Britain in the 6th cent. but their celtic neighbours, the Brigantes, show a good deal of continuity with the bronze age.
It's fairly well established amongst experts that the Celts arrived in Britain during the Iron Age, and that they most certainly weren't natives of Britain: Stonehenge wasn't built by the Celts. People had been living in Britain for millennia before the Celts arrived. That's why I don't get why people call them "native Britons", because they weren't. They were invaders just like the Anglo-Saxons.
 

authun

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Aug 2011
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It's fairly well established amongst experts that the Celts arrived in Britain during the Iron Age
You have been misinformed. If it is fairly well established, can you furnish a list of where scholars assert this?

Stonehenge wasn't built by the Celts.
True, but Stonehenge wasn't built in the Bronze Age either and thus has nothing to do with it. The people who built Stonehenge were in all probability not indo europeans. They were largely replaced by the Bell Beaker Folk around the time of the bronze age and these people were in all probability, indo europeans, some of who spoke an italo-celtic or proto-celtic language.

Population Change in Bronze Age Britain
 

Chlodio

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Aug 2016
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It's fairly well established amongst experts that the Celts arrived in Britain during the Iron Age, and that they most certainly weren't natives of Britain: Stonehenge wasn't built by the Celts. People had been living in Britain for millennia before the Celts arrived. That's why I don't get why people call them "native Britons", because they weren't. They were invaders just like the Anglo-Saxons.
Context. While it may be technically true that Celts migrated to Britain in 600 BC, the OP asked 'What did the Anglo-Saxons do with the natives?' Please do not distract the thread with facts that are 1,000 years out of context. When the Anglo-Saxons arrived in the fifth and sixth centuries, they were the immigrants while the Celts (and any other groups that can be defined as Romano-British) were the pre-existing population.