Here's a rather intriguing article sent to me from my Facebook friend Daniel Jones:
I find this quite intriguing on any number of levels. For one thing, it's one of the few instances -that I'm aware of at least - where y-chromosomal genetic research has made the public news. But for another, it is a slight indicator that those involved in reconstructing the genetic history of the human race are looking at such artifacts. Readers here will recall I did a short series a few weeks ago on the research interest in the European royal families...and now we have yet another interesting connection: King Tut.
What is most interesting about the article is that Tut seems to have belonged to a y-chromosomal haplogroup common to areas of Italy, the Iberian peninsula, and western England and Ireland. This is an important piece of historical information, adding yet another piece to a very massive puzzle, for geneticists are also convinced that humanity's origins spread from Africa, with a migration in part through the Middle East and then through the MEditerranean and the Balkan peninsula. In short, such a DNA identification would suggest that at some point, this "European" strain moved back into the Middle East.
That makes some sort of sense for there are African tribal legends - if I recall correctly, the Zulus for example - that indicate their tribes once were located much further north and migrated to the southern parts of that continent (for whatever reason). Then there are, of course, the mysterious Hyksos - well-known to biblical and Middle Eastern antiquities and anthropological scholars - who at some point (much later obviously) settled in Egypt, only to be driven out again if one believes certain Egyptian records.
At one level, this research indicates that a methodology will eventually be evolved, comparing genetics research results with the histories and legends of the peoples of that region, and perhaps, from that, finally, an accurate picture of human prehistory may emerge.
This raises the bar considerably, for it has long been my suspicion that there is a hidden agenda with some genetics research, that the proverbial "They" are looking for something, something somehow connected with the genetics history of the Europeans and perhaps more particularly its royal houses. I suspect, equally, that "they" will alsolook closely at the genetic connections of Polynesia, Micronesia, and certain tribes in South America (the Aymara of Bolivia for example). Is this King Tut story proof of that? No, of course not. But viewed within the larger picture of ongoing interest in European royal houses, it does just so slightly raise the needle on my suspicion meter.
One thing is certain, however, and that is that such genetics studies will eventually end - if we are given the complete truth - by re-writing the history of the human race. And I suspect that virtually everyone will be in for some surprises.