Technology in favor of archeology: study of the decapitated bodies of York

Technology in favor of archeology: study of the decapitated bodies of York


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Thanks to the latest technological advances applied to DNA analysis, it has been possible to study in greater depth the human remains that have been discovered throughout history. One of the findings for which this technology has been used is in the set of decapitated bodies found in 2010 in York, in the United Kingdom.

The team of archaeologists has several hypotheses about these bodies that have been studied practically since they were discovered and affirm that they could be gladiators although there is also the possibility that they were soldiers or even criminals.

Despite having been beheaded, the skulls of these people were buried with the body Although not placed more or less naturally but on the chest, others inside the legs and others in the area of ​​the feet.

In early studies it had been determined that during their life they were injured on different occasions, possibly as a result of fights or having entered the battlefield, but now thanks to DNA analysis technology the history of these men and many details they went through in their lives will be able to be studied in depth.

Three researchers from three different university centers have selected for the first analysis with this technology seven of the eighty bodies found and after the studies it has been learned that they lived their first years in Great Britain and many of them had a genome very similar to those that existed at the beginning of the Iron Age in Yorkshire.

It was also learned that during their childhood they had poor health, possibly causing them to suffer from childhood stress, although they were eventually saved as their bones were very strong and they had healed trauma, proving that they went into battle on different occasions.

It has also been known that the closest modern descendants of Roman British men did not live in this area but in Wales given that the body of a man found in that area reveals genetics aligned in a way more similar to the bodies that had been found, an important fact that also reveals the impact of human migrations to different points of what we know today as Great Brittany.

Another of the bodies investigated had its origin in the middle east, growing up in what is Palestine, Syria or Jordan before emigrating to the York area and meeting his death.

Undoubtedly, it is an important advance in both science and technology that will allow us to know more accurately many of the events that have happened throughout history thanks to human remains.

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