Ancient Egyptian mummies as a genetic source to study ancient human history – What have we learned so far

In this post we present selected parts of the very interesting paper titled “Ancient Egyptian mummy genomes suggest an increase of Sub-Saharan African ancestry in post-Roman periods“, by Verena J. Schuenemann et al. Continue reading “Ancient Egyptian mummies as a genetic source to study ancient human history – What have we learned so far”

The 7th century AD and its quickening pace of change in the Roman East

Emperor Maurice’s self-sworn avenger Heraclius had overthrown Phocas in 610, and assumed responsibility as emperor for the defense of the empire and the faith, and the
expulsion of the Persians. Although the Persians had overrun Syria and Palestine and threatened to occupy all of Asia Minor and even approached Constantinople, it was Heraclius who, after reconstituting his armies, had brought the war to the heart of the Sassanian Empire in early 628. The overthrow and death of Chosroes ensued. Continue reading “The 7th century AD and its quickening pace of change in the Roman East”

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