Thursday, May 26, 2016

Phoenician Genome of Carthage European-like

The mito-genome of a Carthaginian Phoenician has been sequenced..via Daily Mail UK

The Tunisia man had the maternal haplotype U5b2c1, which is fairly limited to Europe.  It is also found in low frequency in the Phoenician heartland of Lebanon, which was either native there as well or it was cross-pollinated through its colonies in Western and Southern Iberia.  Additional sequencing shows some affinity to a person from Portugal.

I believe this could be full genome, so hopefully we'll see more on Archie.

'Young Man of Byrsa' or 'Archie'  (AP/Getty Images via UK Daily Mail)

(UK Daily Mail)


  1. For anyone interested in reading the paper, it's avaliable here: