Amanda Peters wrote:
"I can see certain groups having a field day over this."
And Paul Barford wrote:
"Finally, I cannot help feeling that the White Supremacists will be
having a field day with this interpretation; germanic supremacy has
been "scientifically proven". This alone should be reason enough for
scholars to try and encourage caution when faced with such wide-reaching
interpretations based on a little "science", a lot of wishful thinking,
seasoned with statistics and computer-generated graphs and served up to
a credulous media."
Whatever the merits of the model proposed in the paper (and I have to
say it is a model that I find fits as well with the archaeological and
historical evidence as many other models), the question of whether it
will appeal to certain modern political movements or not should not be
an issue. Are we going to refute otherwise credible models of the past
just because they may offend our 21st century political sensibilities?
I hope not.