New DNA Tests Show Minoans’ European Origins

New DNA Tests Show Minoans’ European Origins

Minoan_CreteA recently conducted DNA analysis on the remains of Minoans’ skeletons found mainly in a cave in Lassithi, Crete, suggest beyond any doubt and previous speculation that the ancestors of the major Minoan civilization of the Bronze Age did not originate either from Africa or Asia, as archaeologists assumed so far, but rather from Europe.

The study was published in the journal, Nature Communications, excerpts from which were quoted and transmitted on the BBC news. Seven Greek scientists took part in the research project that proves British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans had been wrong to support that the Minoans were in fact refugees from Northern Egypt who were forced to leave their country and search for new lands 5,000 years ago.

According to George Stamatoyannopoulos, professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, and one of the study’s co-authors, “Evans was surprised to find such an advanced civilization in Crete and believed it to be the product and development of cultural exchange rather than of the native residents of the island.”

The Greek geneticist and his colleagues at the American University analyzed 37 samples of mitochondrial DNA, which date back 3,700 years and were extracted from the teeth of the skeletons excavated from a tomb near the city of Lassithi. The scientists compared the samples with those of 135 other populations from ancient Europe and Anatolia as well as modern time populations. The analysis showed more similarities in the genetic material of the Minoans with European tribes rather than with Libyans, Egyptians, Sudanese and Arabs from the Middle East.

Specifically, the genetic material showed more similarities with samples from the Bronze Age and Neolithic populations that lived in Europe and had most probably moved there from the Middle East or Turkey. Experts now argue that the Minoan civilization was locally developed by Neolithic farmers who reached the island approximately 9,000 years ago. “The Minoans are Europeans and are also related to present-day Cretans – on their maternal side,” said Stamatoyannopoulos, according to New Europe online.

Although the findings of the team may be limited (mitochondrial DNA is inherited solely from the mother), their importance is enough for the research to continue.

  • David Cameron

    ” Seven Greek scientists took part in the research project that proves British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans had been wrong to support that the Minoans were in fact refugees from Northern Egypt who were forced to leave their country and search for new lands 5,000 years ago.”

    OK. So these “scientists” are ALL Greek telling the world “beyond reasonable doubt” that they come from somewhere else than what the “credible English man” states.

    Hmmmm. Lets look at Greece in a flash..

    -they bully & bribe their way through the 19th century to get what they want with no remorse
    -they claim to be descendants from antiquity which we all know is a crock
    -the Greek (corrupt) Church pretty much runs the country focusing on refusing any minorities that exist in Greece
    -and they lie lie lie including their heads of state who have swindled billions of euro’s & lined their pockets with other countries money, then get the stupid population brainwashed to focus on more important things such as being a descendant of Zeus instead of focusing on productivity.

    Greece is a banana republic that have shite looking bananas.

  • ExposeHypocrisy

    Hey Skopian! You are a Slav and Slavs have no ethnic or historical connection to the Ancient Macedonians who were Greeks.
    You are filled with envy at Greek history, but you can never be Greek.
    You can never claim shared heritage with that heroic Greek, Alexander the Great! You are a Slav. Your own leaders attest to this. Some of their comments are shown below.

    “We are not related to the northern Greeks who produced leaders like Philip and Alexander the Great. We are a Slav people and our language is closely related to Bulgarian. There is some confusion about the identity of the people of this country.”
    — [FYROM’s Ambassador to Canada, Gyordan Veselinov in an interview with the Ottawa Citizen, 24 February 1999]

    “We do not claim to be descendants of Alexander the Great. We are Slavs and we speak a Slav language.”
    — [FYROM’S Ambassador in Washington, Mrs. Ljubica Acevshka, 22 January 1999]

    “We are Slavs who came to this area in the sixth century AD… we are not descendants of the ancient Macedonians.”
    — [FYROM’S President Mr. Kiro Gligorov, Foreign Information Service Daily Report, Eastern Europe, February 26, 1992, p. 35.]

  • ExposeHypocrisy

    Hey Skopian!! How’s this for a reality check? Why are you so ashamed of your Slavic Bulgarian roots? Here is what one of your key national heroes Goce Delchev had to say about the Skopians who pretend to be Macedonians.

    Goce Delchev was a key leader in the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (IMRO), a paramilitary organization active in the Ottoman territories in Europe at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.

    The below is a letter from Goce Delchev to Nikola Maleshevski, in which he refers to himself as Bulgarian.

    “I have received all letters which were sent by or through you. May the dissents and cleavages not frighten you. It is really a pity, but what can we possibly do when WE OURSELVES ARE BULGARIANS and all suffer from the same disease! If this disease had not existed in our forefathers who passed it on to us, we wouldn’t have fallen under the ugly sceptre of the Turkish sultans.”

    See link:
    http://history-of-macedonia.com/2009/02/25/evidence-about-the-bulgarian-leader-goce-delchev/

  • ExposeHypocrisy

    Skopians are a Slavic people with no connection to Alexander the Great who was born in the Greek city of Pella in 356BC. The first Slavs arrived in the region in 600AD, a full 1000 years after the birth of Alexander the Great. For readers not familiar with the term “Skopians”, it is derived from FYROM’s capital “Skopje”.

    “This Government considers talk of Macedonian “nation”, Macedonian “Fatherland”, or Macedonia “national consciousness” to be unjustified demagoguery representing NO ETHNIC NOR POLITICAL REALITY, and sees in its present revival a possible cloak for aggressive intentions against Greece.”– U.S STATE DEPARTMENT Foreign Relations Vol. VIII Washington D.C. Circular Airgram – 868.014/26 Dec. 1944)

  • ExposeHypocrisy

    “We are Slavs. There’s no connection between us and Alexander the Great”
    — Kiro Gligorov First elected President of FYROM.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_gjBAhak18

  • gllev

    Sorry my frantic Mongoslavian friends, I know this latest published paper is hitting you hard, but try to live with it. It was your Mongoslavians who were publishing laughable papers, like the one in 2001 by a few Mongoslavians in a Spanish University, the whole world had a good laugh.

    A European population in Minoan Bronze Age Crete
    http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v4/n5/full/ncomms2871.html#affil-auth

  • gllev

    Oh you poor frantic thing, this latest paper is probably hitting you and your people hard, must suck to be you right now. I suggest you look at the facts, your landlocked Mongoslavia has been hit harder and suffered more due to the Greek crisis than Greece. Focus on your population, you know the 33% that is looking to become part of a Greater Albania. The scientists weren’t all Greek, try to stop lying for once, but I guess your whole existence and ancestral claims are all based on lies, so it must be hard to be truthful. Have fun in your landlocked Mongoslavia, and don’t be too surprised when half of it joins a Greater Albania. Embrace your Bulgar/Mongol Central Asian and Slavic ancestry, don’t fight it and try to laughably adopt your neighbors. You may not have bananas in Mongoslavia, but you’re all bananas.

    mtDNA from Minoan Crete (Hughey et al. 2013)

    http://dienekes.blogspot.com/2013/05/mtdna-from-minoan-crete-hughey-et-al.html

  • Cypriot

    Ignoring the fact that your comment is stupid, what has it even got to do with the above article?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curzon-Dax/1097871701 Curzon Dax

    Stop trying to steal Greek history slav.

  • janissary1453

    THE BIG GREEK LIE: “Modern Greeks are direct descendents of the ancient Greeks”
    There were no “Ancient Greeks” since the word “Greek” was not coined until after the Roman conquests, approximately 600 years after the establishment of the City States and approximately 150 years after they were conquered by the Macedonians…Greek writer Herodotus repeatedly referred to the Egypt as being home of their prehistoric ancestors. I know modern greeks have more then 30% Alb1b and some in the south have over 43%…Roma Empire called this group as Graecia in meaning of thief in Italian..

  • Zak

    Minoans are Greeks and Greeks are Europeans.

  • Zak

    Minoans were Greeks and they didn’t came from Turkey to Crete-Europe. Minoans Greeks behaviors do not match from Anatolia. The correct answer is that the Minoans went to Middle east then back to Greece.

  • Zak

    Minoans were Greeks, Spartans were Greeks, Athenians were Greeks, Mycenaeans were Greeks etc. They did found 6000 bc Yura Potsherd, 5200 bc Dispilio Greek alphabet. The Phoenicians did not gave alphabet to Greece. Greeks gave it to Phoenicians. Minoans do not match the Anatolian behaviors, race. Ancient greek pyramid 10m and other pyramids are older than Egypt. Neolithic Greeks did not came from Middle East, because the Greek ape, Archanthropus are not from Asia and from Africa. He was European living inj northern Greece. Greece gave technology around the world and not Mesopotamia etc., because Greece are finding more and more eviidence that are coming from Greece instead from Middle East. Zeus altar was found at Lykaion, dated 3000 bc. More evidence are coming to light and the world will understand that Greece is the number 1 greatest ancient civilization and did not came from Middle East.

  • Oscar

    Why do you care where Greeks originate from? Most Modern Greeks are mixed and that they know! Stop being jealous it’s embarrassing for you.

  • Oscar

    Let’s not forget the 600 years of Turkish occupation and the Venitians, Genovese, Germans and Persians all trying to destroy Greece. So before you start with your ramble remember every story has two sides. Yes I agree there is too much corruption in Greece and there are many faults but for someone who is not even Greek why do you care? You look jealous and frustrated maybe because your country has no heritage. Stop embarrassing yourself you look ridiculous.

  • Oscar

    Laugh all you want no one will stop you. Why are you so passionate about something that has nothing to do with you? You sound Desperate to prove something……? It must be a relief to you to read your attached website clearly because you sit there wishing your country had as much history and culture as Greece. Don’t be jealous. O dear some people worry about the silliest things in life. Seriously don’t be jealous and desperate it’s revolting. Bye.

  • Oscar

    Sorry that responce was not for you specifically! It was general! :-) Non -Greeks are so insanely jealous it’s crazy!! Don’ hate because your country has no culture.

  • Jason S.

    Greek rant is purely yours & subjective, and speaks volumes of hate & shows signs of ultra Greek! Words of hate reveal your true colors–as in the past–Greece’s ethnic cleansing and genocides… as they still try today. Ethnic identity and spirit may be crushed, played with, sold, trampled, bombed, but they always find their way through every ordeal.

    On every forum you Greeks go, you’ve spread hate to every nation: you hate Bulgarian, Macedonian, Albanian, Turkish, Serbian, everything.

    No one belittles Greek culture, no one can deny certain Greek stuff, but to ensure that You have the right to the world for everything, you clearly suffer from a grand delusion imposed and affixed since the beginnings of Greek people when people thought of themselves descendants of Gods, which had continued for many centuries, and that had made them entitled to everything they wished just because their invented history says they are heroes and Gods. And, upon realizing the importance of history & wealth, they started robbing and killing other nearby peoples, since Greek rocky mountains offered no financial sustenance… plundered and destroyed Minoan culture, admired their art (unfortunately unable to re-produce), stole Minoan language and IF not slightly changed as they have done with many names of cities throughout history, they stole their language, too. If Greeks can not pronounce something right that doesn’t mean they should change it. Sumerian epics made Greek over night, but the world doesn’t seem to give much importance to others cultures…but, as I see it, it’s starting to.

    Stop Greek delusions.

    The “greek” history you study of this century has undergone huge revision to fit Greece’s untrue, and self-imposed rights of madness. One century of fake history taught and spread from Greece within Greece; no wonder the children of Greece are confused. It seems that you’ve forgotten certain occupations throughout time, and only write about your own truths, disregarding true history.

    History is the contributions of the world not just Greece.