A genomic snapshot of demographic and cultural dynamism in Upper Mesopotamia during the Neolithic Transition [article]

N. Ezgi Altinisik, Duygu Deniz Kazanci, Ayca Aydogan, Hasan Can Gemici, Omur Dilek Erdal, Savas Sarialtun, Kivilcim Basak Vural, Dilek Koptekin, Kanat Gurun, Ekin Saglican, Gokhan Cakan, Meliha Melis Koruyucu (+12 others)
2022 bioRxiv   pre-print
Upper Mesopotamia played a key role in the Neolithic Transition in Southwest Asia through marked innovations in symbolism, technology, and foodways. We present thirteen ancient genomes (c.8500-7500 calBCE) from Pre-Pottery Neolithic Çayönü in the Tigris basin together with bioarchaeological and material culture data. Our findings reveal that Çayönü was a genetically diverse population, carrying a mixed ancestry from western and eastern Fertile Crescent, and that the community received
more » ... . Our results further suggest that the community was organised along biological family lines. We document bodily interventions such as head-shaping and cauterization among the individuals examined, reflecting Çayönü's cultural ingenuity. Finally, we identify Upper Mesopotamia as the likely source of eastern gene flow into Neolithic Anatolia, in line with material culture evidence. We hypothesise that Upper Mesopotamia's cultural dynamism during the Neolithic Transition was the product not only of its fertile lands but also of its interregional demographic connections.
doi:10.1101/2022.01.31.478487 fatcat:i5zr6vzdbndbteq2yqatbfbamm