Origins of Minoans and Mycenaeans revealed by DNA analysis

Researchers analysing the DNA of members of Europe’s first literate Bronze Age societies of Minoans (c. 2600 to 1100 BC) and Mycenaeans (c. 1700 to 1050 BC), revealed the origins of these populations. It turned out that ancestors of both civilisations were populations from Neolithic Western Anatolia and Greece, and that Minoans had deep roots in the Aegean.

Bronze Age box uncovered in Swiss Alps

Archaeologists discovered a Bronze Age wooden container in an ice patch at an altitude of at 2650 metres at Lötschberg mountain in the Swiss Alps. Analysis of the biomarkers from the food residue shed light on spread and exploitation of cereal grains in Prehistoric Europe.

Origin of copper from Ötzi's axe identified

Researchers analysed the copper from Ötzi the Iceman’s axe, identifying its place of origin in central Italy. It seems the object made a long way from its place of mining to the place in Northern Italy, where the Bronze Age frozen body was found.