Tutankhamen’s DNA 99.6 percent match Western Europeans
r1b DNA - REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION MAP
Appendix 3: Tutankhamen’s Male Lineage DNA is a 99.6 percent match with Western European Y Chromosomes
Unintentionally leaked DNA results from a television documentary on the genetic testing of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen revealed that his paternal lineage is a 99.6 percent match with Western European Y-chromosomes.
The DNA test results were inadvertently revealed on a Discovery Channel TV documentary, filmed with the permission of the Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass. He had previously announced that he would not release the racial DNA results of Egyptian mummies.
On the Discovery Channel broadcast, which can be seen on the Discovery Channel website here, or on YouTube here, at approximately 1:53 into the video, the camera pans over a printout of DNA test results from Tutankhamen’s paternal line.
The printout is of Short Tandem Repeats (STRs), which are repeated DNA sequences whose characteristics make them especially suitable for human identification. These STR values shown in the video are for 17 markers, and are as follows:
DYS 19 – 14 (? not clear)
DYS 385a – 11
DYS 385b – 14
DYS 389i – 13
DYS 389ii – 30
DYS 390 – 24
DYS 391 – 11
DYS 392 – 13
DYS 393 – 13
DYS 437 – 14 (? not clear)
DYS 438 – 12
DYS 439 – 10
DYS 448 – 19
DYS 456 – 15
DYS 458 – 16
DYS 635 – 23
YGATAH4 – 11
When these results are run through a Haplogroup identification tool, known as a Haplogroup Predictor, a 99.6 percent fit with the R1b haplogroup is revealed.
The significance is that R1b is the most common Y-chromosome haplogroup in Europe reaching its highest concentrations in Ireland, Scotland, western England and the European Atlantic seaboard. It is one of the most common European haplogroups, and a sure indication that Tutankhamen’s paternal line was of the same stock as much of Europe.
Volume I, Chapter 8: Nordic Desert Empire—Ancient Egypt
Appendix 1: Racial images in Egyptian Art.
Appendix 2: Western European DNA Discovered in present-day Egyptian population.