Skip to comments.Lebanese are Phoenicians After All; And so Are Many of the Rest of US
Posted on 12/27/2008 6:02:57 AM PST by decimon
A team of biologists at Lebanese American University estimates that 1 in 17 persons around the Mediterranean carries genetic markers distinctive to the ancient Phoenician people who resided in what is now Lebanon. The Phoenicians spread out in a trade diaspora two millennia ago, establishing colonies from Spain to Cyprus. The team also found that one third of Lebanese have the markers for Phoenician descent, and that these are spread evenly through the population, among both Christians and Muslims. In fact, all Lebanese have broadly similar sets of genetic markers. The lead researcher commented, "Whether you take a Christian village in the north of Lebanon or a Muslim village in the south, the DNA make-up of its residents is likely to be identical . . ."
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he's gone out of his gourd
Phenomenon? When the Arab Muslims invaded they didn’t replace the inhabitants... they were the masters and made sure that the subjugated people converted to Islam. Despite sharing Islam and the Arabic language, “Arabs” from countries as diverse as Lybia, Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq have ethnically not that much in common with peninsulan Arabs.
The Phoenomenon would be the apparent genetic diaspora.
The vast majority of Americans are "mutts."
The word “Alphabet” comes from the first two letters of the Phoenecian alphabet “Alpha” and “Bet”
That language is considered the precursor of Hebrew, Aramaic etc.
To be more precise the first letter is “Aleph”
Yup. I'm mtDNA 'V' and yDNA R1b...so there.
Juan Cole. LOL!
The LOL is for the BBC.
“a masterful and beautifully written account of Western imperialism’s first assault on the Islamic world” - Chalmers Johnson (commenting on Juan Cole’s “Napoleon’s Egypt”...in the margin to the right of his commentary.)
Juan Cole. LOL!
(I’ve seen better heads with winged helmets on them)
The Phoenecians settled my ancestral hometown in southern Italy, although my mother’s family are likely more Greek than anything else.
Yep. And that includes black Americans (most of whom have white and/or American Indian ancestors, to say nothing of a mixture of West African peoples) and Latinos (who are largely of mixed American Indian and European ancestry, with Ricans and Dominicans being of West African and European ancestry).
My mother’s island of Sardinia was a part of Carthage until the second punic war when it became a roman province. The Phoenicians also settled extensively in Sicily as well. Seafarers that they were, I suspect they left their genes all over the ports they visited.
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