Afrocentrist Claims to Minoan Civilization Destroyed by New GeneticReport

Afrocentrist claims that Africans originated Europe’s oldest civilization in Crete have been nixed by a new DNA study which has shown that the original population of that island were European.

The theory that Africans, not Europeans, created the Minoan civilization which flourished from around 2,700 BC to 1,420 BC, has been popularized by the Jewish Professor Emeritus of Government and Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University, Martin Bernal, in his book Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization.

In that book, now wildly quoted by Afrocentrists, Bernal claimed that Greece’s African and Asiatic neighbors, especially Ancient Egyptians and Phoenicians, had an influence on ancient Greece. Bernal proposes that a change in this Western perception took place from the 18th century onward and that this change fostered a subsequent denial by Western academia of any significant African and (western) Asiatic influences on ancient Greek culture.

Now however, a new report published in the journal Nature Communications, has definitively rebuffed this Afrocentrist hijacking of ancient European civilization.
The report, “A European population in Minoan Bronze Age Crete,” analyzed and compared DNA extracted from 4,000-year-old Minoan skeletons with genetic material from people living throughout Europe and Africa in the past and today.

“We now know that the founders of the first advanced European civilization were European,” said study co-author George Stamatoyannopoulos, a human geneticist at the University of Washington. “They were very similar to Neolithic Europeans and very similar to present day-Cretans,” residents of the Mediterranean island of Crete.

Theories about why the Minoan civilization vanished have abounded, but the most likely cause is a combination of natural disasters (the volcanic eruption of Santorini) and the Indo-European Mycenaean invasion.

The research team analyzed DNA from ancient Minoan skeletons that were sealed in a cave in Crete’s Lassithi Plateau between 3,700 and 4,400 years ago. They then compared the skeletal mitochondrial DNA with that found in a sample of 135 modern and ancient populations from around Europe and Africa.

They found that the Minoan skeletons were genetically very similar to modern-day Europeans—and especially close to modern-day Cretans, particularly those from the Lassithi Plateau. They were also genetically similar to Neolithic Europeans, but distinct from Egyptian or Libyan populations.
The findings also confirmed that the ancient Minoans were descended from a branch of agriculturalists from the presumed Indo-European homeland around the Black Sea, who fanned out into Europe about 9,000 years ago.
The Minoans may have spoken a proto-Indo-European language derived from the one possibly spoken by those Anatolian farmers, the researchers speculate.
“The first Neolithic humans reached Crete about 9,000 years before present (YBP), coinciding with the development and adoption of the agricultural practices in the Near East and the extensive Neolithic population diffusion (8,000–9,500 YBP) that brought farming to Europe,” the report states.
“The most likely origins of these Neolithic settlers were the nearest coasts, either the Peloponnese or south-western Anatolia.
“Our calculations of genetic distances, haplotype sharing and principal component analysis (PCA) exclude a North African origin of the Minoans. Instead, we find that the highest genetic affinity of the Minoans is with Neolithic and modern European populations.
“We conclude that the most likely origin of the Minoans is the Neolithic population that migrated to Europe about 9,000 YBP. We propose that the Minoan civilization most likely was developed by the autochthonous population of the Bronze Age Crete.”

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  1. Minoans are the Lydians who are Indo aryan people the Lydians mixed with Medes and both mixed with Chaldeans Lydians are the Hittites Indian (India) are from Hittite heritage as well a branch settled On West coast of India King Croesus of Lydia

    The Minoans are considered the first European civilization. They were in one sense the first "Greek" civilization. But the people were not Greek. They came from Asia Minor (Anatolia) around 2600 BCE while still in the neolithic age. They were of medium height with black curly hair and brown eyes.
    During the Bronze Age, starting around 1900 BCE, they developed into a sophisticated trade power in the Mediterranean Minoans are the Indo aryan Lydians and remember Dravidians In Crete they were known by the name which the Greeks wrote as Termilai, in Asia Minor as 'Trimmili' or Trimalai (Sastri p60), and in India as Dramiza, Dravida, Dramila and finally Tamil. Their deity was "Mother-Earth" who gave them grain, vegetables and food. The 'Mother Goddess' cult belonged exclusively to Crete where it was known as Durgha (compare Trqqas mentioned in Lycian inscriptions in Asia Minor) as Uma or Parvati. (Sastri p61) They probably brought along with them to India this Mediterranean or Aegean Saivaism, Mother Goddess with her consort Siva.
    The Mediterranean Peoples (Dravidians)
    (Extracts from ‘The Original Indians â€" An Enquiry’ by Dr. A. Desai)
    How the Mediterranean people came to be called Dravidians makes interesting story. The Pre-Hellenistic Lycians of Asi Minor, who where probably the Mediterranean stock called themselves Trimmili. Another tribe of this branch in the island of Crete was known by the name Dr(a)mil or Dr(a)miz. In ancient Sanskrit writings we find the terms Dramili and Dravidi, and then Dravida which referred to the southern portion of India.
    South India was known to the ancient Greek and Roman geographers as Damirica or Limurike. Periplus Maris Erithroei (Periplus of the Eritrean Sea) in the second or third century AD described the maritime route followed by Greek ships sailing to the South Indian ports: “Then follow Naoura and Tundis, the first marts of Limurike and after these Mouziris and Nelkunda, the seats of government.â€
    Dramila, Dravida and Damirica indicated the territory. Then it was applied to the people living in the territory and the language they spoke, in the local parlance Tamil and Tamil Nadu or Tamilakam.
    The Mediterraneans or Dravidians were associated with the ancient Sumerian civilizations of Mesopotamia and of Elam (southern Iran).

    there are three Nimrods one is Niromd son of Arfakhshaad whose dwelling place was al hijr , north arabia 2)
    Nimrudh (Nimrod) was the son of Kush (Cush) Ibn Kan'an Ibn Ham lbn Nuh. The same who ruled Babil in the days of lbràhim, the friend of the Compassionate. 3) Nimrod son of Cush son of Ham

  2. Some time in the next couple years a new discovery will shock the world, and everyone will learn how unique greece really is.

  3. Sorry, no surprise.Looks like the world learned that the Greeks specifically Minoans are a little more special then everyone thought, it appears that Africa is not the only source or origins of man alone. I truly believe after much more research everyone will learn more incredible things about the Greeks and their origins, and quite possibly the likelihood that the Greeks are the most distinctively unique race ever. Maybe they were descendants of the gods.

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