J-CTS11760 Distribution Fits Celtic Pattern in Central Europe, England, Spain and Southern Poland

Nineteen of 570 J-M241 project members (3.3%) with STR results are confirmed or predicted to be CTS11760. This SNP was discovered years ago but had no identified subclades on YFull until a few weeks ago.

This haplogroup is found today in diverse locations such as Iberia, England, Germany, Italy, and southern Poland and Slovakia. It is a sibling to other Z8429 subclades Z39660, which is today mostly Baltic and Eastern European, and Y12007, which is found in England, Germany, Czech Republic and Temnikov Tatars in Russia.

Polish/Slovak BY41355 and Iberian 406504 subclades are not yet on YFull. A more accurate migration will be subsequently computed.

The biggest outliers in CTS11760 seem to be the Spanish, but they are not monophyletic, instead thanks to the discovery of Y166758 there are at least 2 different lineages of CTS11760 that diverged about 700 BC and ended up with descendants living in Spain. One of the lineages consists of two men of Spanish ancestry who have a single Big Y shared variant below CTS11760. The other, Y166758 consists of a Czech and a Spaniard. So it would seem that CTS11760 went to Spain himself from Central Europe to sire the exclusively Spanish subclade, accompanied by one of his sons Y166758, who sired lineages in both places like his father. From Wikipedia:

Celtic presence in Iberia likely dates to as early as the 6th century BC, when the castros evinced a new permanence with stone walls and protective ditches.

The cultural stronghold of Celtiberians was the northern area of the central meseta in the upper valleys of the Tagus and Douro east to the Iberus (Ebro) river, in the modern provinces of Soria, Guadalajara, Zaragoza and Teruel. There, when Greek and Roman geographers and historians encountered them, the established Celtiberians were controlled by a military aristocracy that had become a hereditary elite. The dominant tribe were the Arevaci, who dominated their neighbors from powerful strongholds at Okilis (Medinaceli) and who rallied the long Celtiberian resistance to Rome.

Map showing Celtic tribes in Iberia. Created by Wikipedia user - CanBea87. License

The exclusively Polish/Slovakian branch, known as BY41355 (not yet on YFull), is also old, sharing just 6 SNPs. Two of its members live 20 km from one another around Lake Czorsztyn in the mountains along the border. These two men have GD 3/37, differing in DYS391, DYS389ii-i, and DYS576. Another of their cluster has six differences at 37 markers. So it is possible that this subclade all descend from a man who lived a few centuries after CTS11760 and settled near this lake. From Wikipedia, Poland In Antiquity:

The first Celtic people arrived in Poland, coming from Bohemia and Moravia, around or after 400 BC, just a few decades after their La Tène culture was born. They formed several enclaves mostly in the southern part of the country, within the Pomeranian or Lusatian populations or in areas abandoned by those people. The cultures or groups that were Celtic, or had a Celtic element in them (mixed Celtic and autochthonous), lasted at their furthest extent to 170 AD (the Púchov culture). After the Celts moved in, and during their tenure (they had always remained only a small minority), the bulk of the population had begun acquiring the traits of archaeological cultures with a dominant Proto-Germanic or Germanic component. In Europe the expansion of Rome and the Germanic pressure checked and reversed the Celtic expansion.

Archaeologically confirmed areas of Celtic settlement in southern Poland (based on data published before August 2016). Perhaps the cluster living in the mountains around Lake Czorsztyn today are descendants from Celts that had been living in the archaeologically confirmed Celtic settlement in the Vistula River valley near Krakow to the north. They may have fled to the mountains to escape Germanic tribes. - Map from Celtic Poland - Baltic Celts

Interesting, I found a lineage of haplogroup N which migrated to the same region a few centuries later. They may have been associated with the expanding Przeworsk Culture which may have driven the Celts to the mountains.

There are also at least two separate lineages living in the British Isles, one from Norfolk and the other Anglo/Irish-Scottish. More testing will reveal when the TMRCA of each lived.

Also among the CTS11760* are two Germans and an Italian.

The common theme of this group is the establishment of clades in diverse locations matching in time and space to the expansion of Celtic culture. But after the rapid proliferation of CTS11760, most of his lineages did not proliferate, or the former proliferation has been obscured by extinctions.

Expansion of the Celtic peoples beginning with the core La Tène culture area (from 450 BC, orange), developing over the older Hallstatt culture area (green); maximum distribution around 300 BC (brown) - By redrawing by Karl Udo Gerth of File:Celts 800-400BC.PNG - File:Celts 800-400BC.PNG, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5677034

This is parsimonious with a Celtic origin theory for CTS11760. While all Continental Celtic tribes lost their Celtic identity in the centuries following their incorporation into the Roman empire or subjugation by other tribes, they and their genes lived on. The lack of diversity below CTS11760 could be indicative of the subjugated status of his offspring.

Additional resource on Celts in Poland - The Forgotten Ancient History of Celts in Poland

These posts are the opinion of Hunter Provyn, a haplogroup researcher in J-M241 and J-M102.
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