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    Ancient DNA from late Bronze Age Crete to be tested



    That will certainly answer a lot of questions about any Bronze Age movements from Anatolia to Crete and perhaps onward.

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    Crete’s Late Minoan Tombs Point Way To Early European Migration

    https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/03/cretes-late-minoan-tombs-point-way-to.html

    "Researchers at the University of Huddersfield have visited Rethymnon in Crete, to collect samples from the late Bronze Age Necropolis of Armenoi, one of the world's finest archaeological sites. DNA analysis of the ancient skeletal remains could provide fresh insights into the origins of European civilisation.

    I hope it's not just mtDna.

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    Dr Ceiridwen Edwards and PhD student George Foody were permitted to take bone samples and teeth from over 110 of the more than 600 skeletons discovered in the Necropolis, a rock-hewn burial site from the Late Minoan period dating to more than 4,000 years ago. During their two-week visit, the Huddersfield researchers – part of a team that included colleagues from Oxford University and the Hellenic Archaeological Research Foundation – also took DNA swabs from more than 100 contemporary Cretans. They sought people whose grandmothers were from Crete in order to analyse links to the Minoan period."

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    When the ancient DNA samples are compared with those of modern Cretans, there is the potential to find solutions to many issues surrounding the ancient migration of people and culture to an island where the Bronze Age Minoans and their successors the Mycenaeans laid foundations for later European civilisation and culture."


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    Samples of peoples "whose grandmothers were from Crete" sure sounds like just mtDNA.

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    They always seems to start with mtDNA, probably to test whether there is enough DNA left to do anything, and later push on with autosomal DNA, including Y.

    I have no doubt will have everything within a few years.

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    But....why?

    I don't understand , they've already published several reports on minoan mtDNA back in 2013 , it's absolutely pointless if they're planning on doing it again.

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    I wander Greeks call the place Armenoi!? Does that mean Armenians? The toponim has a reason that exists! Or does not mean Armenians?

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