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14-05-18, 02:29

The 87th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2018)

Programs (http://meeting.physanth.org/program/) > 2018 (http://meeting.physanth.org/program/2018/) > Poster Session (http://meeting.physanth.org/program/2018/session64/index.html) > Poster Abstract

Rome wasn't built in a day: biomolecular analysis of ancient Romans

FLAVIO DE ANGELIS1, CRISTINA MARTÍNEZ-LABARGA1, ANDERS GÖTHERSTRÖM2, VALENTINA GAZZANIGA4, PAOLA CATALANO3 and OLGA RICKARDS1. 1Department of Biology, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Rome, Italy, 2Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, 3Anthropology Service, Soprintendenza Speciale Archeologia Belle Arti e Paesaggio di Roma, Rome, Italy, 4Department of Molecular Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

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Recent archaeological excavations carried out in Rome have revealed hundreds of burials mainly dated back to the Imperial Age (1st-3rd centuries CE), when the city of Rome reached its greatest demographic expansion. The huge development of biomolecular techniques allows to recovery ancient molecules from biological remains, thus providing a powerful tool for reconstructing crucial aspects of the history of Rome as well as its ecological and genetic structure, to be properly understood in the frame of the huge historical and literary sources about its lifestyle and society. One of the main topic addressed by molecular assessment is the Romans’ dietary habits: isotopic data are consistent with a heterogeneous landscape where each community seems to be featured by private foodstuff preferences. Indeed though the average diet should be based on C3 terrestrial resources consumption, several specific nutritional requirements could be pointed out. Genetic evaluation is an outstanding task to deepen the knowledge about the population stratification: whole genomes are able to dissect the population genetic makeup and strontium/oxygen synergic evaluations shed light on the Rome migration pattern in Imperial Age: the quantitative assessment of migration flows have been compared to demographic projections in order to elucidate the mandatory people movements to ensure City welfare. Selective genetic markers have been evaluated to identify putative genetic disorders people suffered from: their molecular characterization have aided in the identification of the pathocenosis affecting ancient Romans and several susceptibility loci revealed specific variation in pathological individuals.

This project is sponsored by MIUR-PRIN 2015PJ7H3K.

We just might be getting DNA on the Imperial Romans sooner than one would expect. For the record, the earliest mention of this was in a collection of abstracts put up last year:


15-05-18, 08:42
But... Y-DNA and Mt-DNA?

15-05-18, 09:16
Flavio de Angelis' past work work has included haplogroups yes.

24-12-18, 12:01
Here's a good example of past work by De Angelis and colleagues:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272890473_Traces_of_forgotten_historical_events_in _mountain_communities_in_Central_Italy_A_genetic_i nsight

Pax Augusta
24-12-18, 13:01
Here's a good example of past work by De Angelis and colleagues:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272890473_Traces_of_forgotten_historical_events_in _mountain_communities_in_Central_Italy_A_genetic_i nsight

If this is a good example of De Angelis' work, so we can't expect anything good. Anyway the main author of this paper was Francesco Messina and was already discussed here.



24-12-18, 18:39
But... Y-DNA and Mt-DNA?
Multiple. But I have seen some people in Central Italy get H1 or T MT haplogroups for example.