Mitochondrial DNA genetic relationships at the ancient Neolithic site of Tell Halula

E. Fernández, J. E. Ortiz, T. Torres, A. Pérez-Pérez, C. Gamba, M. Tirado, C. Baeza, A. M. López-Parra, D. Turbón, J. Anfruns, M. Molist, E. Arroyo-Pardo

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The aim of the study was to establish familiar relationship among individuals buried at different archaeological phases and houses from the Neolithic site of Tell Halula (Syria, 8800 b.p.). Sixty-six samples belonging to 50 different individuals were studied, and a fragment of 300 bp of mitochondrial DNA HVRI was amplified in the whole sample. It was possible to recover 20 authenticated mitochondrial DNA sequences (30,7%) in the analyzed sample. The obtained mitochondrial DNA results suggest possible relationships not only among individuals buried into different archaeological phases of the same house but also through different houses from different archaeological phases. These results point at an homogeneous population structure of this Neolithic community. The amount of recovered sequences indicates the extent of preservation of critical samples in a dry and hot soil. © 2008 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-273
JournalForensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2008


  • Ancient DNA
  • Genetic relationships
  • Mitochondrial DNA
  • Neolithic


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