Old Mysteries, New Insights: Ancient DNA illuminates 15,000 years of history at Europe-Asia crossroads

August 31, 2022

New research Science Coverfrom the Reich Lab in a trio of papers, published Aug. 25 in the journal Science, tell the most complete story yet of ancestry in this pivotal part of the world.

"The studies describe 15,000 years of genetic history in what the team has dubbed the Southern Arc: the lands sweeping from southeastern Europe into the Middle East, encompassing more than a dozen countries from Romania and Serbia through Greece and Turkey into Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Lebanon, and Israel.

Featuring the genomes of more than 1,300 ancient people, 727 of them sequenced for the first time, the work represents one of the largest analyses to date of ancient human DNA."