Crete Minoans

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Crete Minoans

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What's included in Ancient DNA Origins?

  • The Ancient DNA Origins DNA test provides powerful, innovative, and interactive DNA-based tools to help you find your ancient ancestors, trace your prehistorical lineages, and determine your ancient tribal origins.
  • Find out how related you are to Minoans found at Lassithi, Heraklion, and Kephala Petras in Crete (2600-1700 BC). from these sites
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  • Receive a detailed breakdown of your ancient geographical origins, ancient ancestry maps showing where your ancestors lived and traveled, and your exact genetic similarity to each member of your ancient tribe.
  • Compare your results with over 50 worldwide ancient and modern populations.
  • Reach through time and reconnect with your 4000-year-old Crete Minoan ancestors.
  • Meet the founders of the great Minoan civilization– Their story can be your story.
  • Basic test includes 5 tribal members.
  • Advanced test includes 15 tribal members.

About the test

The island of Crete has been inhabited by humans and pre-humans on and off again for over 6 million years, but the story of the Minoans begins much later. Around 4000 BC, skilled farmers from the north and eastern Eurasia were drawn to the island by its comfortable climate and its sea barrier that could provide some protection from invasion. Their farming skills had been passed down from generation to generation for over 6000 years, yet on Crete, these people craved something more. The people who would become known as the Minoans wanted to create a new civilization. Little could they have imagined that their culture would be considered the first high culture in the Aegean and became world known for its society and religion. Yet, by 1100 BC, their civilization was wiped out. Perhaps it was ash from the volcanic eruption on Thera that destroyed their crops and starved them. Or maybe internal hardship made them vulnerable to the spreading civilization from mainland Greece. Or maybe they had simply exhausted the resources of the island that had once served them.

All that remains are their ruins and artifacts and genomes, sequenced for the first time in 2017. The first genomes from individuals from Lassithi, Heraklion, and Kephala Petras in Crete finally make it possible to study the Minoans’ origins, learn what they looked like and possibly, and, with the help of users like you, discovery their genetic legacy and descendants, shedding light on the mystery of what became of them.

The test includes 15 fifteen Crete Minoans who lived between 2600 and 1680 BC at the peak of their civilization and provides a detailed historical, archeological, and paleogenetic background about them. The test describes their relationships with other ancient Aegeans and their cultic practices. A detailed profile is available for every Minoan. Find out now how related you are to Cretan Minoans.

Why take this test

Up until 2010, reading the DNA of ancient people was a dream. Since then, the DNA of the Neanderthal who lived over 30,000 years ago has been sequenced. After that reading, the DNA of ancient people who lived from 15,000 BC to 1,800 AD all over the world became the main object of paleogenomic research. This forward leap in technology allowed the creation of a new type of DNA tests — tests that do not use modern-day populations as representatives of the ancient past but as people who can also be studied. The Ancient DNA Origins DNA test is the first next-generation DNA test. It is designed solely using the DNA of ancient people throughout history using our novel technologies. With this test, you will receive a precise ancient ethnicity estimate with far greater geographical details than you could imagine. You will make new connections with historical people and places where your ancestors lived, walked, battled, created, and dreamed thousands of years ago. Using the genetic data and evidence from history and archeology, we can revive the past and allow you to take part of this story at the most personal level.

what do you get?

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Reconnect with your ancient ancestors and become a part of their story.


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dna matches


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Compare your results with other ancient people


how is it done?


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Simply download your DNA data from the company that genotyped your DNA and upload it here. We accept DNA from 23andme, AncestryDNA, MyHeritage, GenebyGene or FamilyTreeDNA (Family Finder), Genographic (Geno 2.0), HomeDNA, and LivingDNA.
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  • Personalized ancient ancestry report
  • 15-30 Ancient individuals per test
  • 12 Geographic regions
  • Extensive records of the ancient culture
  • 50+ Modern populations
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  • Interactive interface to discover your roots
  • 12 Tests with Amber subscription

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