Celtic U152/L2/FGC22501 and subclades
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April 8, 2022

In an extraordinary bit of good luck we got a one in a billion match in the DNA lottery!

Ancient DNA degrades rapidly over time as bacteria invades the bones and replaces the human DNA with their own bacterial DNA. Extracting Y DNA has proved exceedingly difficult in ancient remains. ONLY 7 Roman and 2 Iron Age samples in all of Britain have had their YDNA extracted as of January 2016. The odds that one of these would match our group to this level are absurdly low. The parent Y Haplogroup L2 accounts for only about 2% of YDNA in Britain. FGC22501 is a very small subset of that.

Due to the hard work of Rich Rocca of the R-U152 project one of those 9 samples has been found to be FGC22501+ He is one of the decapitated Roman era skeletons thought to be counselors to the emperor found in Driffield Terrace, York, England and known as 6DRIF-22. He was between 28-45 years old. He had a "Penetrating? injury to left occipital; Stab? to neck; Lamellar bone on L & R ribs 11 & 12; Caries; Abscess; Cyst in left femur; Joint disease; Cribraorbitalia (Iron deficiency?); Maxillary sinusitis; Additional thoracic vertebra; Ivory osteoma; AMTL; Calculus; PD" He was most likely born and lived much of his life in SW Wales.

More information here:


Jean Manco's Ancient Roman era DNA

Article on the Research that yielded these results: Genomic signals of migration and continuity in Britain before the Anglo Saxons

BBC Recap





"The nearest modern descendants of the Roman British men sampled live not in Yorkshire, but in Wales"