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Re: [SCA-Korea] East Asian from Ancient Rome

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  • JL Badgley
    That is awesome! I m passing this on to the other groups that might find it interesting as well! -Jeong ... [Non-text portions of this message have been
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 7, 2010
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      That is awesome!

      I'm passing this on to the other groups that might find it interesting as
      well!

      -Jeong

      On Sun, Feb 7, 2010 at 6:22 PM, Quokkaqueen <quokkaqueen@...> wrote:

      >
      >
      > Thought I should pass this on, feel free to share!
      >
      > "Researchers excavating an ancient Roman cemetery made a surprising
      > discovery when they extracted ancient mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from one of
      > the skeletons buried at the site: the 2,000-year-old bones revealed a
      > maternal East Asian ancestry.
      >
      > ....
      > Based on her work in the region, she thinks the East Asian man, who lived
      > sometime between the first to second centuries AD -- the early Roman Empire
      > -- was a slave or worker on the site. His surviving grave goods consist of a
      > single pot (which archaeologists used to date the burial). What's more, his
      > burial was disturbed in antiquity and someone was buried on top of him.
      >
      > Prowse's team cannot say how recently he, or his ancestors, left East Asia:
      > he could have made the journey alone, or his East Asian genes might have
      > come from a distant maternal ancestor. However, the oxygen isotope evidence
      > indicates that he was definitely not born in Italy and likely came here from
      > elsewhere in the Roman Empire."
      > http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100201171756.htm
      >
      > Apparently it's due to be published in the Journal of Roman Archaeology (
      > http://www.journalofromanarch.com/index.html ), so keep an eye out for it!
      >
      >
      > ~Hyangsu
      >
      >
      >


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