New DNA study shows today’s Greeks are similar to those of 2,000 BC


Present-day Greeks are genetically similar to 2,000 BCE Aegeans from Northern Greece, an anthropological DNA research project published in the scientific journal, Cell, has found.

The research was led by Dr. Christina Papageorgopoulou of the Department of History and Ethnology of the Democritus University of Thrace and Dr. Anna-Sappho Malaspina of the Department of Computational Biology of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

The study involved the sequencing of entire genomes from four Early Bronze Age skeletons and two Middle Bronze Age skeletons found around Greece.

At first, researchers were able to discover that Early Bronze Age populations were quite genetically homogenous.

Dr. Christina Papageorgopoulou of the Department of History and Ethnology of the Democritus University of Thrace, is one of the authors of the study.

However, by the Middle Bronze Age, which began around 4,000 years ago, migration from the East caused DNA to differ significantly in comparison to Early Bronze Age Greeks.

The study found that Greeks of the Aegean from the Middle Bronze Age shared around half of their DNA with people from the Ponto-Caspian Steppe. This is an area which forms part of modern-day Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, and Kazakhstan.

These findings show that “today’s Greeks – who also carry Stepperelated ancestry – share 90% of their ancestry with their Middle Bronze Age counterparts, suggesting continuity between the two time periods.”

They also support other theories surrounding waves of migration from the East and the impact they had on Greek society.

Source: Keep Talking Greek.




By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Latest News

Music from the Heart: Dimitris Basis unites with Newtown Performing Arts High School

Greek singer Dimitris Basis is set to perform on Tuesday, June 4 with students from the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts.

Samian Brotherhood of Sydney & NSW donate to Samos hospitals

The Samian Brotherhood of Sydney and New South Wales 'Lykourgos' have donated to two Samos hospitals. Read more here.

Sale process ongoing for Hellenic Village’s $117.5 million property at Austral

The sale process for the Hellenic Village's 105-acre, $117.5 million property at Gurner Avenue in Austral, NSW is ongoing.

Apostolos Stamatelopoulos named in Socceroos squad for World Cup qualifier

Apostolos Stamatelopoulos has been named named in the 25-man squad for Australia’s upcoming FIFA World Cup 2026™ Qualifiers.

EU and Australia enhance cooperation on critical raw materials

The European Union (EU) and Australia have enhance cooperation on critical raw materials after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday,...

You May Also Like

Greek vs Italian semi-final set up in Lyon

World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas will face 19-year-old Italian Lorenzo Musetti in the Lyon semi-final.

Axion Esti: Melbourne concert to celebrate Mikis Theodorakis and Odysseas Elytis

The Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) proudly announces the concert Axion Esti: Worthy it is, which will take place on Saturday, June 1.

Annual Odyssey Festival officially opens in Adelaide

The annual Odyssey Festival in Adelaide, South Australia was officially opened on Friday, October 6 by the Greek Orthodox Community of SA.