Not so International for the Commons in the 'First International Age'
Updated: Jul 4
Very often, we get to hear that this age is an international age. What do we mean by this? We mean that connectivity among the people of the different parts of the world is a lot easy now. The relation between nations is termed as 'International'. When we go deep into history, we see that when civilizations in the different parts of the world started to rise, they were primarily isolated from each other. By 'International Age' historians refer to the eras when people from different civilizations traded, correlated, or had some relation among them. With the current advancement of bioarchaeology and DNA technology, researchers can now extract data about the mobility of ancient individuals throughout their lifetime from the DNA of their body parts without relying on ancient and historical texts. These studies will allow us to understand broader demographic trends instead of just knowing the story of kings and traders.
A recent study has been conducted to determine the mobility of common individuals of an ancient regional kingdom at Tell Atchana.
Let's Deep dive:
What has been found:
A number of body parts of ancient individuals (342 graves) from the Late Bronze Age were excavated by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Hatay Mustafa Kemal University at Tell Atchana (also called Alalakh) in Turkey, located at the state of Hatay. These items were studied with different advanced techniques.
The researchers were Tara Ingman of Koc¸ University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Stefanie Eisenmann, Jana Ilgner, Guido Alberto Gnecchi Ruscone, Gunnar U. Neumann, Ca¨cilia Freund, Sara Marzo, Mary Lucas, Patrick Roberts, and Eirini Skourtanioti of Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Johannes Krause of Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Murat Akar of Department of Archaeology in Mustafa Kemal University, Petrus le Roux of Department of Geological Sciences in the University of Cape Town, Rula Shafiq of Anthropology Department inYeditepe University, Marcel Keller of Institute of Genomics in the University of Tartu, K. Aslıhan Yener of Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW