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Genetic Signatures in Lebanon Traced Back to the Crusades

Genetic Signatures in Lebanon Traced Back to the Crusades

Posted on: Friday, 28 March 2008, 07:20 CDT
A genetic anthropological study known as The Genographic Project has found what is believed to be faint genetic traces left by medieval crusaders in the Middle East.

The team has uncovered a specific DNA signature in Lebanon that is probably linked to the Christian crusades of the 7th and 8th centuries.

This discovery was noted when researchers found that some Christian men in Lebanon carry a DNA signature originating from Western Europe.

The scientists found that Lebanese Muslim men typically carried a different genetic structure than Christian Lebanese men. This particular structure has been linked to expansions from the Arabian Peninsula which brought Islam to the area.

However, the team emphasized that Christian and Muslim Arabs in Lebanon share a dynamic common heritage and that the differences between the two communities are minor.

Other studies of the genetics of Middle Eastern and No…

Crusaders 'left genetic legacy'

Crusaders 'left genetic legacy'

By Paul Rincon
Science reporter, BBC News


Scientists have detected the faint genetic traces left by medieval crusaders in the Middle East.

The team says it found a particular DNA signature which recently appeared in Lebanon and is probably linked to the crusades.

The finding comes from the Genographic Project, a major effort to track human migrations through DNA.

Details of the research have been published in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

The researchers found that some Christian men in Lebanon carry a DNA signature hailing from Western Europe.

Four crusades came through Lebanon between the 11th and 13th Centuries - the first, second, third and sixth. The bulk of the crusader armies came from England, France, Germany and Italy; many of the men stayed to build castles and settlements, mixing with the local populations.

The scientists also found that Lebanese Muslim men were more likely than Christians to carry a particular genetic signature. But…
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