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U5b & The Birth Of The Alphabet

U5b & The Birth Of The Alphabet

As I have shared before, my maternal ancestral genetic mother line, namely U5b is associated with the Old European cave art abstract graphical symbols of communication, dating to around 30,000 to 40,000 years old. Likewise, U5b is associated with the oldest known verified alphabet, namely the Phoenician alphabet (also called the Proto-Canaanite (or Old Canaanite) alphabet. Consequently, my ancestral maternal genetic mother line directly links together the first verified alphabet to the abstract cave symbols of Old Europe, making it even more likely that the origin of our alphabet finds its oldest root in Old Europe. 

The Phoenician alphabet is thought to be derived from Egyptian hieroglyphics. Like in ancient Phoenicia, U5b is also found in ancient dynastic Egypt, where it is linked to both atypical Egyptian hieroglyphics and to the birth of a proto-Sinaitic (Old Canaanite, Old Phoenician) script. In Old Europe, in Ancient Egypt, in Old Phoenicia - where there is abstract alphabetic writing being born and developing, there we find U5b (the predominant maternal lineage in Old Europe, but extremly rare in the rest of the world) as well.

A daughter haplogroup of U5 (the oldest maternal lineage in Europe), though predominant in Old Europe, the U5b maternal genetic lineage is rare in modern populations. According to Ancient Origins:

The U5b haplogroup is considered to be rare in modern populations - all of the reported carriers are of European ancestry and from Spain, Portugal, England, Ireland, Scotland, the US, and Germany. As professor Matisoo-Smith told Phys.org: “It is remarkably rare in modern populations today, found in Europe at levels of less than one per cent."

U5b is not significantly found in modern day Lebanese, but it is recognized by scientists that the ancient Phoenicians (known as the Purple People) were direct descendants of the ancient Canaanites (of the coastal regions of Southern Syria, Lebanon and Northern Israel). Phoenician sailors are also known to have traveled to Britain, where U5b is found among the builders of Stonehenge and Newgrange, the people of the old world Atlantic Megalithic Culture (7000 to 4000 ybp).