Who's your mummy? Genetic secrets of ancient Egypt unwrapped

Who's your mummy? Genetic secrets of ancient Egypt unwrappedBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – DNA from mummies found at a site once known for its cult to the Egyptian god of the afterlife is unwrapping intriguing insight into the people of ancient Egypt, including a surprise discovery that they had scant genetic ties to sub-Saharan Africa. Scientists on Tuesday said they examined genome data from 90 mummies from the Abusir el-Malek archaeological site, located about 70 miles (115 km) south of Cairo, in the most sophisticated genetic study of ancient Egyptians ever conducted. The oldest were from about 1388 BC during the New Kingdom, a high point in ancient Egyptian influence and culture.



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