Rushville, IN, USA
rrhammons@rrhammons.com

Ancient DNA Matches

There is a DNA service that compares your DNA to tens of thousands of DNA samples taken from bones from archealogical sites around the world. The company is called My True Ancestry. What this site has done for me more than any other DNA service is to paint a much clearer picture of my family origins. Because my father and mother have very similar genetic backgrounds I have not been able to determine which of these samples are from my paternal or maternal side. In some cases I'm sure they are both. I currently have 103 samples that I match and more than half were found in two countries, England and Czech Republic. All of the Czech samples are from the Bronze Age and are ethnically Celts and all of the Bronze Age samples from England are also Celts. The Iron Age samples from England are mostly Saxons with some Danish Vikings. Most of my Middle Age samples are Danish Vikings. My haplogroup is J-CTS11760 (J2b2a1...) and my ancient matches to my y-DNA are found in the Balkans, in particular Croatia.


This map on the left shows the higher concentration of Celts with the dark green the epicenter of their beginnings. A very large majority of my Celtic matches occur in the dark green area. The map on the right shows J2b2 ancient sample sites. The purple are BC samples and the orange are AD samples. As you can see a majority of the BC samples are in Croatia with a couple in Slovenia.

Here is a breakdown of my ancient populations:

  Estimate
Celts 46-48%
Danish Vikings 17-20%
Britons1 11-13%
Saxons 7-10%
Belgae2 4-7%
Picts1 3-6%
Franks 2-3%

Others making up less than 1% each included Longobards, Ostrogoths, Icelandic Vikings, Swedish Vikings, Scythians, & Belari.

Genetic Distance: the lower the number the closer you are related. It does not represent generations nor does it represent degrees of cousin relationships. It is a very complicated forumula that I have yet to get a handle on.

  Genetic Distance
Celts 5.948
Danish Vikings 6.167
Celtic Britons 8.416
Franks 8.768
Belgae 9.932
Saxons 10.06

1 - Britons and Picts are considered Celtic tribes which when into the Celts make up 60-67% of the total.
2 - Belgae were a tribe that was located in North-northwest France, Luxembourg, and Belgium.

These are my actual genetic matches (first 30) in order of most closest to least:

Early Bronze Age Czech
Sample ID: KNE007
1710 BC - Female
Unetice Culture
Site Location: Knezeves, Czech Republic
Closest Ancient Populations: Celts, Saxons
Closest Modern: Irish, Southeast English
Genetic Distance: 3.702

Bronze Age Obernai
Sample ID: OBE3722
1900 BC - Female
Site Location: Alsace, France
Closest Ancient Populations: Celts, Franks
Closest Modern: North German, Irish
Genetic Distance: 4.570

Celtic Briton Gladiator
Sample ID: 3DRIF-16
250 AD - Male
Culture: Roman
Site Location: York, Yorkshire, England
Closest Ancient Population: Danish Vikings, Belgae
Closest Modern: North German, South Dutch
Genetic Distance: 4.64

Late Bronze Age Scotland
Sample ID: I2860
900 BC - Male
Site Location: Covesea Cave #2, Moray, Scotland
Closest Ancient Population: Celts, Saxons
Closest Modern: Irish, Southeast English
Genetic Distance: 4.648

Copper Age Czech
Sample ID: I6480
2200 BC - Male
Culture: Bell Beaker
Site Location: Velké Přílepy, Czech Republic
Closest Ancient Population: Celts, Belgae
Closest Modern: Irish Southwest English
Genetic Distance: 4.981

Bronze Age Czech
Sample ID: I4888
1813 BC - Male
Culture: Bell Beaker
Site Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Closest Ancient Population: Belgae, Saxons
Closest Modern: South Dutch, Southwest English
Genetic Distance: 5.348

Bronze Age Scotland
Sample ID: I2655
1350 BC - Male
Culture: Scotland MBA
Site Location: Paybay Mor, Isle of Lewis, Scotland
Closest Ancient Population: Celts, Belgae
Closest Modern: Irish, West Scotland
Genetic Distance: 5.830

Bronze Age Jutland
Sample ID: Rise47
1400 BC - Male
Culture: Nordic Bronze Age
Site Location: Sebber Skole, Nibe, Denmark
Closest Ancient Populations: Celts, Belgae
Closest Modern: Irish, Southeast English
Genetic Distance: 5.876

Celtic Briton Gladiator
Sample ID: 6DRIF-22
250 AD - Male
Culture: Roman
Site Loctaion: York, Yorkshire, England
Closest Ancient Populations: Danish Vikings, Belgae
Closest Modern: South Dutch, North German
Genetic Distance: 5.888

Gaelic Settler
Sample ID: ORE-A1
935 AD - Male
Culture: Icelandic Viking
Site Location: Ormsstaðir, East, Iceland
Closest Ancient Population: Celts
Closest Modern: Irish, Southeast English
Genetic Distance: 5.948

Celtic Briton
Sample ID: I5502
100 BC - Male
Site Location: Nunburnholme, Yorkshire, England
Closest Ancient Populations: Britons, Celts
Closest Modern: Irish, West Scotland
Genetic Distance: 6.106
A genetic match to Picts.

Copper Age Germany
Sample ID: UNTA85_1343
2273 BC - Male
Culture: Bell Beaker
Site Location: Haunstetten, Germany
Closest Ancient Populations: Belgae, Ostrogoths
Closest Modern: South Dutch, North German
Genetic Distance = 6.195

Ollsjo Battleaxe
Sample ID: oll007
2860 BC - Male
Site Location: Öllsjö, Sweden
Closest Ancient Population: Celts, Ostrogoths
Closest Modern: Irish, North German
Genetic Distance: 6.314
A genetic match to Picts.

Danish-Gaelic Viking
Sample ID: SSG-A2
935 AD - Male
Site Location: Sílastaðir, North, Iceland
Closest Ancient Population: Celts
Closest Modern: Southeast English, West Scotland
Genetic Distance: 6.413
I share more DNA with this sample than any other.

Viking Settler
Sample ID: VK193
990 AD - Female
Site Location: Brattahlid Farm, Greenland
Closest Ancient Populations: Picts, Celts
Closest Modern: Southeast & Southwest English
Genetic Distance: 6.486
A genetic match to Picts.

Copper Age Czech
Sample ID: I7210
2350 BC - Male
Culture: Bell Beaker
Site Location: Radovesice, Czech Republic
Closest Ancient Populations: Celts, Saxons
Closest Modern: Southwest & Southeast English
Genetic Distance: 6.522

Iron Age Scotland
Sample ID: I2982
240 BC - Male
Site Location: Orkney Islands, Scotland
Closest Ancient Populations: Picts, Celts
Closest Modern: Irish, West Scotland
Genetic Distance: 6.531
A genetic match to Picts.
7th closest match of all known matches.

Bronze Age England
Sample ID: I7626
1260 BC - Female
Site Location: Biddenham Loop, Bedfordshire, England
Closest Ancient Populations: Celts, Saxons
Closest Modern: Irish, West Scotland
Genetic Distance: 6.634

Celtic Briton
Sample ID: I5507
295 BC - Female
Site Location: Pocklington, Yorkshire, England
Closest Ancient Populations: Britons, Celts
Closest Modern: Irish, West Scotland
Genetic Distance: 6.731
A genetic match to Picts.

Iron Age England
Sample ID: I21312
190 BC - Male
Site Location: Casterley Camp, Wiltshire, England
Closest Ancient Populations: Celts, Saxons
Closest Modern: Southeast & Southwest England
Genetic Distance: 6.774
A genetic match to Picts.

Iron Age England
Sample ID: I11991
150 BC - Male
Site Location: Worlebury, Somerset, England
Closest Ancient Populations: Celts, Britsons
Closest Modern: Southeast England, Irish
Genetic Distance: 6.862

Bronze Age Czech
Sample ID: I4891
1813 BC - Male
Site Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Closest Ancient Populations: Belgae, Saxons
Closest Modern: South Dutch, Southwest England
Genetic Distance: 6.881

Medieval Trondheim
Sample ID: VK118
1200 AD - Female
Site Location: Trondheim, Norway
Closest Ancient Populations: Celts, Saxons
Closest Modern: Southwest and Southeast England
Genetic Distance: 6.898

Iron Age France
Sample ID: I19357
250 BC - Male
Site Location: Chemin de Coupetz, Marne, France
Closest Ancient Populations: Celts, Saxons
Closest Modern: Irish, Southeast England
Genetic Distance: 7.071
A genetic match to Picts.
8th closest match of all known matches.

Bronze Age Czech
Sample ID: VLI060
2100 BC - Female
Site Location: Vlineves, Czech Republic
Closest Ancient Populations: Celts, Britons
Closest Modern: Southeast and Southwest England
Genetic Distance: 7.104

Iron Age France
Sample ID: I19360
250 BC - Male
Site Location: Chemin de Coupetz, Marne, France
Closest Ancient Populations: Celts, Picts
Closest Modern: Irish, Southeast England
Genetic Distance: 7.239
A genetic match to Picts.

Viking Settler
Sample ID: VK1
1000 AD - Female
Site Location: Igaliku Fjord, Greenland
Closest Ancient Populations: Vikings, Celts
Closest Modern: Danish, West Scotland
Genetic Distance: 7.270

Bronze Age Czech
Sample ID: CHL002
1900 BC - Male
Site Location: Chieby, Czech Republic
Closest Ancient Populations: Celts, Saxons
Closest Modern: Irish, West Scotland
Genetic Distance: 7.421

Bronze Age Wales
Sample ID: I7579
1575 BC - Female
Site Location: Culver Hole Caves, Wales
Closest Ancient Populations: Celts, Franks
Closest Modern: Irish, West Scotland
Genetic Distance: 7.430

Bronze Age Czech

Sample ID: KO1003
1580 BC - Male

Site Location: Kolin, Czech Republic

Closest Ancient Populations: Celtic Cantiaci, Celts

Closest Modern: Southwest & Southeast England

Genetic Distance: 7.486

 


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