If the Roma appeared in Europe around 500 CE, then that would be only a hundred years after the Huns had arrived. Did the Roma somehow associate themselves with the Huns?Romany Were European 500 Years Earlier Than Previously Thought
LONDON — The Romany people constitute Europe’s largest and, arguably, now its most persecuted minority.
A new genetic study published this week suggests their ancestors arrived in Europe from northwestern India in a single wave around 1,500 years ago, half a millennium earlier than previously thought.
The international authors of the peer-reviewed paper in Current Biology
journal said their study is the most comprehensive ever of the demographic history of the Romany. They said it reveals the origins of a people who “constitute a mosaic of languages, religions, and lifestyles while sharing a distinct social heritage.”Scientific American
noted that earlier studies of the Romany language and cursory analysis of genetic patterns had determined India was the group’s place of origin. But the new study points to a single migration from northwestern India around 500 CE.