The peoples of the Levant region -- a crossroads between civilizations -- have overlapping ancestry.
Whether tracing back to the Phoenicians and Canaanites, Philistines or Assyrians, we use the human phylogenetic tree to link up modern-day Lebanese, Israelis, Palestinians, Syrians, and others.
The inhabitants of the Holy Land are an especially colorful mix. Many Palestinians reflect the legacy of neighboring groups who entered centuries ago, and many Jews picked up local influences from Morocco to Macedonia. Hebrew heritage is often the common denominator, in addition to Arab, Crusader, Greek, Roman, Kurdish, Turkish, African, and Caucasian roots.
Join us on our expedition to understand the science behind our genetic and ethnic ties, as our technological tools improve by leaps and bounds.
We’ll also be delving into aspects of common heritage besides DNA -- including religious beliefs, holiday customs, clothing styles, and home architecture.