Hollanda Araştırma Enstitüsü  -  Nederlands Instituut in Turkije

24 Nov '15 Publication

Barcın Höyük skeletons featured in Nature article on ancient DNA of Europe’s first farmers

Newly published research by a team of ancient-DNA researchers and archaeologists on skeletal remains of 230 prehistoric individuals shows that early European farmers were genetically closely related to Anatolian farmers.

The study includes 26 samples that come from the NIT-NINO excavations at Barcın Höyük and Menteşe. They date to the middle of the seventh millennium BC, a time when a lifestyle based on agriculture and animal herding expanded from the region of modern day Turkey into Europe.The study supports the theory that migration was a major element of this expansion process.

The study is published in Nature

Several media have written about this study, for example:


Volkskrant (in Dutch)

Washington Post

NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch)

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