Who Were the Etruscans? DNA Study Solves Origin Mystery

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Sarcophagus of the Spouses from Villa Giulia in Rome: Etruscan art displays oriental influences, in the eyes and hair, and their gender equality scandalized their contemporaries
: Etruscan art displays oriental influences, in the eyes and hair, and their gender equality scandalized their contemporariesCredit: Sailko
Ariel David
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A genetic study of DNA extracted from ancient skeletons appears to have solved a mystery that is as old as history itself and has occupied scholars for more than 2,000 years: the origin of the Etruscans.

The research published Friday in the journal Science Advances concludes that the Etruscans, a sophisticated pre-Roman civilization in central Italy, were of local stock and not migrants from the Near East as some had previously believed.

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