A study of the DNA of Minoan bone remains of more than 4,000 years old

A study of the DNA of Minoan bone remains of more than 4,000 years old

Researchers from the University of Huddersfield have traveled to Rethymno, in Crete, to pick up DNA samples from the Armenoi necropolis (Bronze Age) and its results could provide new insights into the origins of European civilization.

The study is in charge of Dr. Ceiridwen Edwards and PhD candidate George Foody, who took bone and tooth samples from 110 skeletons of the more than 600 that were discovered in this necropolis, one of the best in the world, which was excavated in the rock in the Minoan period, more than 4,000 years ago.

During their visit to the necropolis, the researchers, accompanied by a team that included their colleagues from the University of Oxford and the Hellenic Foundation for Archaeological Research, sampled over 100 contemporary Cretans, looking for people with grandmothers born in Crete in order to analyze their links with the Minoan period.

When ancient DNA samples are compared with those of modern Cretans, there is a possibility of find answers to many unknowns surrounding ancient migration about the people and culture on the island, where the Minoans and their Mycenaean successors laid the foundations for later European civilization.

In search of a reinterpretation of Minoan History.

«The Minoans are one of the oldest civilizations and this research will affect the interpretation of a number of fields in Europe, archaeological, historical and socialFoody explained.

As an example, he commented that he could shed light on the migration of the Mycenaeans to Crete and in the origins of early writing, known as Linear B.

«We are also trying to establish family relationships within the necropolis itself, as well as other Minoan sites, and compare them to sites in mainland Greece.«He added.

Ceiridwen Edwards, her thesis advisor, is a Senior Researcher in Archeogenetics at the University of Huddersfield, studying the geographic distribution of human genetic variation with the aim of addressing the questions that archeology, anthropology and history often ask themselves.

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