Etruscan Genetics

Literate Period (Post 1000 BCE) Etruscan Genetic Stability

(April 16, 2023) After the Great Drought of 1170 BCE the Etruscans were a mix of Indo-European and Near East genetics yet they preserved the Akkadian language and Neolithic Druid culture more than their southern neighbors, the Latins, because the Indo-Europeans entered their region only around 1600 BCE which is quite late. This genetic pattern remained fairly stable until the population movements of the Roman empire.


Posth, C., and all (24 Sep 2021) The origin and legacy of the Etruscans through a 2000-year archeogenomic time transect. Science Advances Vol 7, Issue 39. Online at:

Pre 1000 BCE Genetics

(April 16, 2023) This study examined 22 genomes from Northeastern and Central Italy dated between 3200 and 1500 BCE. It shows the arrival of Indo-Europeans around 1600 BCE which is later than most other regions. This late arrival seems to explain the survival of Druid culture among the Etruscans. Close patrilineal kinship patterns exist within commingled Chalcolithic cave burials


Saupe, T. and all (21 June 2021) Ancient genomes reveal structural shifts after the arrival of Steppe-related ancestry in the Italian Peninsula.  Volume 31, ISSUE 12, P2576-2591.e12. Online at:

The ETRUSCANS' Origins Might Surprise You! NEW DNA Evidence

(April 16, 2023) Video by MegalithHunter presenting a combination of ancient Latin and Greek sources combined with the latest literate period genetic evidence.

Etruscans: Italian Civilization Before Ancient Rome

(April 16, 2023) Video by Kings and Generals giving a good overview of Etruscan civilization although one just made prior to the linguistic and genetic revolution of the past few years.