DNA Analysis Reveals Pamir Origin of Bulgarians

Archaeology | June 10, 2010, Thursday // 11:44|  views

The Pamir mountains in Central Asia are some of the highest and often called “the Roof of the World.” Photo by panoramio.com

Bulgarian genes are very close to those of people living in the Pamir region, the scientific expedition Tangra concludes.

The explorers collected genetic samples from residents of Afghanistan and Tajikistan, and the DNA analysis had proved Bulgarians came from Pamir not from western Siberia as previously believed.

Slavyan Stoylov, member of the expedition, says the DNA proof refutes three main theories, generations of Bulgarians had studied in school – that Bulgarian people are genetically very diverse; that they came from western Siberia, and that they are very close to Slaves.

The expert-explorers further point out the theory of the Huns' origin of Bulgarians from Siberia and Altai had been adopted by official history only on the basis of some hypothesis, but add the DNA analysis from Pamir is in an initial stage and there is a need for more and larger-scale studies.

An expedition to Iran is forthcoming where the country will allow Bulgarian explorers access for the very fist time to their museums and archeology artifacts.

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Tags: Pamir, ancient Bulgarians, DNA analysis, Tangra expedition


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