It has been widely debated whether or not the Kalash Tribe in
are descendants of Alexander the Great’s
army. Pros and cons have been discussed in a previous blog: The
Kalash, a lost tribe of Alexander the Great? Pakistan
[Picture from Les Alans]
In a recent study by British, Italian and Pakistani scientists, DNA samples of 23 Kalash people living in three different valleys have been collected and analyzed to be compared with the DNA of ancient hunter-gatherers and European farmers. The result shows that the Kalash have a closest affinity with hunter-gatherers from
Siberia, meaning that they are from northern
Eurasian origin. This widely contradicts an earlier analysis according to which a
genetic miscegenation between Kalash
and western Eurasian had occurred, which led to the association of this tribe
with Alexander the Great.
I cannot judge whether this latest analysis should be more reliable than the previous one. For now, I would simply put another question mark to this theory. Maybe in the future there will be more substantial evidence.