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Tuesday, 09 December 2014 08:07

Vikings went on long journeystogether with their wives, researchers found, studied the DNA of ancient mariners. It was found that maternal DNA medieval Scandinavians is the same as that of modern inhabitants of the islands in the North Atlantic. Therefore, to capture and colonize new lands Vikings were together with their wives. Research on this topic is presented in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, and short of it reports Live Science.

The image of the Vikings as violent robbers, robbing countries of Europe and the Mediterranean, and the wives of itself keen among the local population, several studies have confirmed the geneticists. However, the Norwegian biologists led by Erika Hagelberg (Erika Hagelberg) from the University of Oslo decided to again raise the issue and removed the mitochondrial DNA from the long bones of 45 skeletons of the Vikings (dating from 796-1066 years). These skeletons were unearthed in various parts of the country, and are now stored in Oslo.
Then the researchers compared these materials with the mitochondrial DNA of modern Europeans 5191 and 68 medieval Icelanders. Maternally Norsemen were close relatives of the modern nations of the North Atlantic (Swedes, Scots and English, and especially the inhabitants of the Orkney and Shetland Islands). Thus, with the men-robbers came to new lands and their wives and kids.


"When, instead of sporadic raids occurred during regular campaigns, the Vikings began to take their families with them, which at first remained in military camps", - says Bill Jan (Jan Bill), curator of the Viking Ship Museum.

Now scientists are going to investigate the contacts between the medieval Europeans, Scandinavians comparing DNA with genetic material medieval Englishmen and Scots.


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