"A research team co-led by a University of Otago scientist has sequenced the first complete mitochondrial genome of a 2500-year-old Phoenician dubbed the 'Young Man of Byrsa' or 'Ariche' [PDF], whose tomb was discovered within a hill in Carthage, Tunisia in 1994." Source: University of Otago.
This is the first ancient DNA to be obtained from Phoenician remains and the team’s analysis shows that the man belonged to a rare European haplogroup — a genetic group with a common ancestor — that likely links his maternal ancestry to locations somewhere on the North Mediterranean coast, most probably on the Iberian Peninsula.
Comment: This discovery provides yet more evidence that northern Africa was part of the ancient Mediterranean world. Cut off from sub-Saharan Africa -- except for a small flow of trade along the desert caravan routes and contact with the northernmost black kingdoms of the Nubians and other tribes -- north Africa was originally populated by the ancestors of the modern Berbers to the west, Semitic peoples to the east, and later by the Greeks and Phoenicians:
"Two of the most notable Mediterranean civilizations in classical antiquity were the Greek city states and the Phoenicians," according to the Ancient History Encyclopedia. "The Greeks expanded throughout the Black Sea and south through the Red Sea. The Phoenicians spread through the western Mediterranean reaching North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula.