Quote Originally Posted by vettor View Post
Also, the Merchant Republics of Genoa, Venice and Pisa had warehouses and merchants living between Alexandria and Aleppo for many many centuries prior to and after the crusader period.................hundreds of years of dropping seeds in an area will make a mark
This is a historic reality and an interesting genetic question. What I can tell you is that I have several late 19th/early 20th century ancestors with Italian first names, and Greek last names. They also found a Crusader era marble casket on Fourni. The inscription was for a Venetian prince. I have some information on it I can share, although I will have to find it first.

Can this be teased out genetically, at this point? Or do we see evidence of continued Greek/Italian gene exchange in the range of variation we find in each general region?