The bones of three men in the stone kitchen (provided by Takayuki Matsushita)

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The bones of three men in the stone kitchen (provided by Takayuki Matsushita)

As a result of analyzing the DNA of three men who had been laid in the Kamukura ancient tombs in Nanjo City, Okinawa Prefecture, it was found that the age was around the 15th to 16th centuries, and that they were derived from Japan, the Korean Peninsula, Europe, etc., respectively. , I found out by interviewing the research team. “Foreigners have settled in the Ryukyu Kingdom, which prospered as a trading hub,” he explained.

In 2019, Takayuki Matsushita (characteristic anthropology), director of the Doigahamaiseki Museum of Anthropology (Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture), who received a request from the residents, investigated in detail.

According to the research team, DNA contained in mitochondria in cells is analyzed. One was from the Japanese archipelago, including Okinawa, one was from the Korean Peninsula, and the other was from Western Europe or Central Asia, with different maternal genes.