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DNA reveals Viking history


DECRYPTION - The analysis of nearly 300 genomes makes it possible to reconstruct how the purely Scandinavian populations were enriched by the contribution of immigration from several regions of Europe.

The disasters of the past are one of our best tools for understanding our history.

Around the year 450 AD off the coast of Sweden, on the island of Öland, dozens of men, women and children were attacked by surprise in the fort of Sandby Borg .

The DNA of these unfortunates has come to complete an already extensive collection of ancient genomes which makes it possible to better understand the history of the Viking populations.

A team from Stockholm University publishes a study in the journal


(January 5, 2023), which completes our knowledge of migratory movements from northern Europe between 750 and 1050.

female immigration

"This work is a good complement to a study published in 2020 in the journal



comments Eva-Maria Geigl, paleogenetician at the Jacques Monod Institute of the CNRS in Paris.

“We know that Viking is not a nationality, but rather a profession.

The ancestries of the populations of central Sweden are thus very different from the inhabitants of the ports who have a very international ancestry.

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Source: lefigaro

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