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Title: Roman DNA of Britain
Post by: Arch Y. on September 18, 2013, 02:34:04 AM
With all the noted Roman burial sites in Britain, does anybody know if there has been or will be any DNA testing for their remains? What got my attention was the headstone of a man named Gaius Mannius of the XXth Legion I believe near Wroxeter. It appears he was from Pollentia, Italy and had quite a long career in the Roman legion (some nearly 30 plus years). There is also a site in Wales that I'm interested in with a Vettone cavalry cohort from Iberia but I'm not sure if they were a subdivision attached to Caerleon or part of the XIVth or the XXth Legion. It appears they might have been stationed near the Brecon Beacons just west of Herefordshire. Would be interesting to have some subclades of the Roman officers and soldiers who arrived to Britain just after the conquest.

Arch



Title: Re: Roman DNA of Britain
Post by: scotsman on September 18, 2013, 10:37:32 PM


I also hope there will be a move to do DNA testing on the noted Roman burial sites in Britain.  Our R1b SNP L165 terminal clade just sits on the Phylogenetic chart close to SRY2627 with no information or testing being done to link the L165 to any origin.  As I mentioned in an earlier post this SNP exists in two major clusters, the L165 English cluster in south central England and the L165 Hebredian cluster on the islands off North West Scotland and like you Arch I believe the origin will be found one day by DNA testing in one of the noted Roman burial sites you mentioned.


Title: Re: Roman DNA of Britain
Post by: Arch Y. on October 02, 2013, 05:51:22 AM
With the large amount of Roman burial sites in Britain, one of them has to be a winner with some  good DNA samples - crossing fingers.

Arch