ancientOrigins is a feature of our Family Finder test. This feature compares your autosomal DNA to DNA found at archaeological dig sites throughout the European continent.

With the inclusion of ancient artifacts found at each dig site, ancientOrigins provides a percentile breakdown of your DNA’s relation to the three major groups of people associated with ancient migrations on the European continent.

The following are the three ancient European groups:

  • Metal Age Invader (Bronze Age)
  • Farmer (Neolithic Era)
  • Hunter-Gatherers (Mesolithic and Neolithic Eras)

As more DNA and scientific information is provided in the future, we hope to expand the ancientOrigins feature to include information for ancient origins outside of the European continent.

Note: You can click on the blue boxes (BluePlusSign) below for more information on each subtopic.

To access the ancientOrigins feature:

  1. Sign in to your myFTDNA account.
  2. On the navigation bar at the top of the page, click myDNA > Family Finder > ancientOrigins.

Ancient European Origins Page

The Ancient European Origins page displays the percentages of autosomal DNA that you still carry from the three ancient European groups and also the percentage of your autosomal DNA that is considered non-European.

Important: It is possible that Metal Age Invaders, Farmers, and Hunter Gatherers influenced groups in other parts of the world. For this reason, your ancient non-European percentage might be 0%, while your myOrigins ethnic makeup contains percentages for populations outside of Europe. 

Click image for a closer look.

For more information on a particular ancient European group or the non-European group, click on the corresponding graphic at the top of the page. You will be redirected to the interactive ancientOrigins page.

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To view a larger map, click on the map. You will be redirected to the interactivancientOrigins page.

ancientOrigins Map

The ancientOrigins map is an interactive page that provides information about each ancient group, group migration routes, and information pertaining to the archaeological dig sites from which ancient autosomal DNA information was obtained.

Depending on how you navigate to this page, the page is displayed differently.

If you click on one of the ancient group graphics (where your percentages are listed), the ancientOrigins page is opened displaying information about that group on the slide-out menu on the left. On the right of the page, a map of Europe is shown displaying the group’s migration route. The brown shovel icons on the page represent the different archaeological dig sites in Europe.

If you click on the map at the bottom of the Ancient European Origins page, the ancientOrigins page displays a map of Europe . The brown shovel icons on the map represent the different archaeological dig sites. On the left sidebar, the different ancient groups are displayed along with your relation percentages.

How to 

On the map, the brown shovel icons represent the different archaeological dig sites.

To use the map to view dig site information:

  1. On the map, hover your cursor over the brown shovel icon on the dig site for which you want more information. The icon turns red.
  2. Click on the red shovel icon. Information for the selected dig site is displayed on the sidebar.
  3. Continue the above steps for each dig site as desired.

On the sidebar, the brown shovel icon at the top represents archaeological dig sites.

To use the sidebar to view dig site information:

  1. At the top of the sidebar, click the brown shovel icon. The list of dig sites is displayed in the menu.
  2. On the sidebar, hover your cursor over a listed dig site. On the map, the location of the site is displayed with a red shovel icon.
  3. On the sidebar, click the name of the dig site. The information pertaining to the site is displayed on the menu.

On the map’s sidebar, the icons (other than the brown shovel icon) at the top represent the different groups.

To use the sidebar to view group information:

  1. At the top of the menu, click the icon of the group for which you want more information.
    The slide-out menu displays the information for the selected group, and the map displays the group’s migration route.

To filter dig site or migration routes: 

  1. On the sidebar, do one of the following:
    To show all migration routes, select the Show all migration routes check box.
    Or
    To show all archaeology dig sites, select the Show all archaeology sites check box. (This option is selected by default.)
  2. To hide all migration routes, clear the Show all migration routes check box.
    Or
    To hide all archaeology dig sites, clear the Show all archaeology sites check box.