An international team of researchers is casting new light on the mysterious historic Scandinavia’s Battle Axe Culture.
Experts examined bones recovered from a burial site found in 1953 through the construction of a traffic circle in Linkoping in southern Sweden. The Battle Axe Culture is called after the battle axe that was buried with the remains of a family. A dog was additionally buried at the Linkoping burial site.
The Battle Axe Culture dates back around 5,000 years and is said to resemble another ancient group of people, the European Corded Ware Culture, named for the cord-like designs on its earthenware.
Employing genomic sequencing for the Linkoping bones have been in comparison with the remains of other prehistoric people from what are now Sweden, Estonia, and Poland. The Scandinavian Battle Axe Culture was discovered to share a common genetic ancestry with the European Corded Ware Culture.
Experts from Stockholm University and Sweden’s Ostrgotlands Museum additionally participated in the research. “The collaboration of archaeologists with geneticists permits us to know more about these individuals as people in addition to where their ancestors came from,” mentioned the study’s lead author, Helena Malmström, an archaeogeneticist at Uppsala University, within the statement.
Scandinavia continues to disclose new aspects of its rich history. Two Viking boat graves have been added recently uncovered in Sweden in what archaeologists are describing as a “sensational” discovery. In another project, an incredible Swedish grave containing the skeleton of a Viking warrior, long considered male, was recently confirmed as female. Last year, a Viking “Thor’s hammer” was discovered in Iceland, and archaeologists in Norway used ground-penetrating radar technology to reveal a very rare Viking longship.