Quote Originally Posted by Pip View Post
I see Varna as a likely key catalyst in the development Eurasian DNA. It seems to have been a bit like a prosperous Wild West boom town that attracted a succession of colourful adventurers from various distant locations (we can see significant signs of Eastern Pontic Steppe, the Levant and Iran in even only the five broadly-contemporaneous samples that have been analysed).
I just looked a little bit of the geographic of the place and, it really looks like a perfect place for a portuary wealthy city, like a regional economical center. It could have been an important meeting place for Locals, Anatolians and Steppe peoples. I wonder if... for exemple, Proto-Anatolians and or Early Bell Beakers could have turned into seafarers from this point. Like Varna -> Sinop for Proto-Anatolians.