A new historical mystery: scientists have explored DNA of the remains in the “Skeleton Lake”

A new historical mystery: scientists examined the DNA of the remains inA photo from open sources

In the Indian Himalayas there is a glacial lake Roopkund, in which there are a huge number of human remains. Local the population calls it “Skeleton Lake.” However still it remains unclear who these people are, where they came from, and where manner they perished.

A group of geneticists from different countries, conducting a genome-wide analysis of the remains, I found out that some of them belong to people from other regions, most likely pilgrims.

Studies have shown that some fragments belong people who lived in regions far from the lake, and they ended up in the lake at different time intervals. That is, people died not at one time, but with a difference of about 1000 years. Scientists also found that all these people were healthy at the age of 35-40, which only added even more questions.

The bulk of the bones belongs to the Indians. Then to the residents Greece, Crete and Southeast Asia. However, most of the questions scholars called remains that date back between the 8th and 10th centuries to ad. There are more modern fragments in the lake – 19-20 centuries.

Researchers speculated that it could be pilgrims who were heading to the temple of Nanda Devi, but it is not clear why among the dead are people from the Mediterranean. Unlikely what they knew about this temple and went to it.

Researchers hope local archives could be preserved some information shedding light on the bygone events.

Earlier ESOREITER talked about those found in Russia pyramids that are two times older than Egyptian.

Andrey Vetrov

DNA Russia

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