Re: [SCA-Korea] East Asian from Ancient Rome
- That is awesome!
I'm passing this on to the other groups that might find it interesting as
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."
> 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!
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