A serious hint in that direction was described by Maitland Edey in his book “The Lost World of the Aegean” in the mid-1970’s and thanks to a recent study we are most fortunate to obtain a confirmation of his theory through modern DNA analysis.
Over the centuries many theories have been elaborated and we are now able to establish that both Minoan and Mycenaean populations originated in
and moved west prior to the Bronze Age. The Minoans settled in Crete as early
as five thousand years ago while the Mycenaeans reached mainland
a thousand years later. Greece
DNA samples were taken from the teeth of 19 remains that were positively identified as Minoans from Crete, Mycenaeans from mainland
and from people who lived in southwestern Anatolia.
Thorough analysis and study show that the Minoans and the Mycenaeans are
genetically very similar, although not identical and in the end, today’s Greeks
are descendants of these Anatolian populations.
Researchers were even able to establish that the Minoans, Mycenaeans and modern Greeks are related to the ancient people living in the Caucasus,
Iran and . The Mycenaeans have an
additional though minor component in their genes linking them to Eastern Europe
and northern Armenia Eurasia, whereas the Minoans are
missing this genetic part.
Greeks on the mainland are somehow related to the ancient
and the people from the Eastern European steppe before and after the time of
the Minoans and the Mycenaeans. What’s more, modern Europeans also partially
belong to the ancient North Eurasians.
All this means, that the Mycenaeans do not descend from a foreign population in the
Aegean and that today’s Greeks do indeed descend from the
Mycenaeans. The peoples of the Greek mainland possess all the ingredients of
mixed ancient North Eurasians and Eastern Europe
genes both before and after the appearance of the Minoans and the Mycenaeans.
This may explain the relation of Greek speakers with their linguistic relatives
elsewhere in Europe and Asia. We are all one