27 June 2007

Herodotus was right!!!!

I've been waiting for this news since I was twelve years old (just ask my little sister)!

Late breaking news from The Week:

Italians in Tuscany originally came from Turkey, genetic evidence shows. Ancient Greek historian Herodotus wrote that the Etruscans, who dominated much of the Mediterranean before the Roman era, came from Lydia, now called Turkey. Modern scholars, though, have long scoffed at that claim, saying the ancestors of today's Tuscans evolved locally. But two new Italian studies support the Turkish connection. Both Tuscan men's DNA sequences and Tuscan women's mitochondria resemble their counterparts in parts of modern Turkey far more closely than in other parts of Italy. In Herodotus' fifth century B. C. account, a famine in the 13th century B. C. forced the Lydian king to send half his people west to seek a new life.

Isn't modern science wonderful.

Next week, the Melungians.


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At 27 June, 2007 21:27, Blogger Elliot said...

Take that, modern historians! Chalk one up for ancient historians!!

At 27 June, 2007 23:30, Blogger Clemens said...

You said it!

I knew he was right. BTW, we think they got there as part of the great population movement in the 13 cent that brought the Philistines to Canaan - which then became known as the Land of the Philistines or -Palestine.

At 29 June, 2007 16:54, Blogger Elliot said...

Is that the "Sea Peoples" migration?

At 29 June, 2007 18:35, Blogger Clemens said...

That's the one. Supposedly it included Sardinians, Etruscans, Myceneans, Cretens, and just about anything else that wasn't nailed down in the northern Mediterranean.

Though I have to admit, we really don't know all that much about it. But it clearly included the fall of Troy, and a lot of interesting work has been done about that little part of it.

I have a whole lecture on it for my world civ class! 8^)


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