Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Does Tutankhamun's DNA Prove He Was Western European?

It is astounding the length that those who blindly defend the status quo in Egyptology go to defend the 'accepted' ideas of the Egyptian Antiquities establishment. The recent revelation that King Tutankhamun and his ancestors have R1b1b2 y-dna has upset them greatly. They even set up a straw man that because Tutankhamun is R1b then his ancestors come from Western Europe. One such website is called Paleobabble which itself descends into babble in trying to explain the dna of Tutankhamun. They even try to claim that even if Tutankhamun does have R1b then it might be a mutation and his ancestors are not R1b. As the evidence demonstrates that Tutankhamin's father and grandfather are of the same r1b1b2 y-dna as he is himself this is patently ludicrous. The article by Kate Phizacherley linked to this article then endeavours to confuse the issue by talking about Chadic African R1b-V88 as the source of the R1b of Tutankhamun. However it is clear that Tutankhamun is not R1b-V88 but R1b1b2.

Ancient Egyptian captives from Palestine wore tartan-style garments

Of course the ancestors of Tutankhamun don't come from Western Europe and are certainly not Scottish but they do share the R1b1b2 y-dna that is very common in Western Europe especially in Spain, Portugal, France, Britain and Ireland. Many of these people seem to be out of date on their knowledge of the origin of R1b. In the recent past many thought it originated in the Iberian Peninsular but further studies have proven that it originated in the Middle East or Western Asia. In fact I believe that the most common y-dna of the ancient Israelites was R1b and even today based on y-dna results so far it would seem about 20-30 percent of Jews have R1b y-dna (30-40% of Sephardim and 10-15% of Ashkenazim). Both the ancient Israelites (R1b) and the ancient Edomites (R1a) wore tartan style garments.

Statue believe by David Rohl to be Joseph with Red hair and tartan-style cloak
also see

also see
The Scottish Tartan cloak of Joseph
Tutankhamun and R1b1b2 dna
Ireland, Velikovsky and Tutankhamun