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Using Medieval DNA to track the barbarian spread into Italy

7 monthes ago   |   By Ars Technica

Longobard grave goods and skeleton.
The genetics of Europe are a bit strange. Just within historic times, it's seen waves of migrations, invasions, and the rise and fall of empires-all of which should have mixed its populations up thoroughly. Yet, if you look at the modern populations, there's little sign of all this upheaval and some indications that many of the populations have been in place since agriculture spread across the continent.
This was rarely more obvious than during the contraction and collapse of the Roman Empire. Various Germanic tribes from north-eastern Europe poured...
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