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Humanist
02-15-2015, 07:48 AM
Came across this paper today: Dental Morphological Analysis of Roman Era Burials from the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt (https://www.academia.edu/10794263/Dental_Morphological_Analysis_of_Roman_Era_Burials _from_the_Dakhleh_Oasis_Egypt)
Scott Donald Haddow
Institute of Archaeology
University College London
PhD Thesis
2012


The results of the qualitative and quantitative dental trait frequency comparisons between Kellis and regional comparative groups lead to an unequivocal conclusion: that the individuals interred at Kellis share more phenotypic characteristics with North African (and European) populations than with any of the Sub-Saharan groups used in the comparative analyses. It is unsurprising that the Kellis group should be most closely related to other North African populations, as Egypt is part of North Africa. Nubians are typically considered a North African population group as well, although they also share phenetic similarities with Sub-Saharan populations (Irish 1993, 1997, 2005). The Kellis assemblage’s relatively close association with Europe is also not terribly surprising, given the long history of contact between North Africa and Europe via the Mediterranean and the Levant.