Thursday, March 30, 2017

DNA from 110 Late Minoans from Armenoi Necropolis (University of Huttersfield)

The University of Huttersfield announced that archaeogenetic researchers Ceiriden Edwards and George Foody are taking samples from family tombs buried in the Late Minoan III Necropolis of Armenoi

Buried with its occupants are inscriptions of an apparently native Minoan Linear 'A', which may not be Indo-European, and Linear 'B', which is clearly Mycenaean Greek.  Genetics may help tell that story.

It appears that other archaeological sites in Crete are being tested as well, although not explicitly stated in the article.


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    1. If I read correctly, the funding for this project is upwards of £1 million. So probably, although I don't know the average cost associated with ancient individuals.

  2. My bet... Linear A = close to Sardinians, Linear B = close to Pannonian plain