Ancient DNA reveals origins of the Minoans and Mycenaeans


The mysterious Minoans descended primarily from local Stone Age farmers, as did their cultural successors, the Mycenaeans — and their descendants still inhabit Greece today.

The Minoan Civilization and its counterpart on the Greek Mainland, the Mycenaean Civilization, were Europe’s first literate societies and the cultural ancestors of later Classical Greece.

ThEm 1aHowever, the question of the origins of the Minoans and their relationship to the Mycenaeans has long puzzled researchers.

A paper published today in Nature suggests that, rather than…

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