DNA legacy of ancient seafarers

Scientists have used DNA to re-trace the migrations of a sea-faring civilisation which dominated the Mediterranean thousands of years ago. The Phoenicians were an enterprising maritime people from the territory of modern-day Lebanon. They established a trading empire throughout the Mediterranean Sea in the first millennium BC. A new study by an international team has now revealed the genetic legacy they imparted to modern populations. The researchers estimate that as many as one in 17 men from the Mediterranean may have Phoenician ancestry.

2008-10-31

 tracking migration DNA Phoenicia Lebanon archaeology Mediterranean

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