The prisoners from Sala

Today the circle finally became complete, with the publication of this paper in JAS(r). This paper is extra fun to see published, as it is very much a team effort. A little more than a year ago we went on a writing retreat to northern Sweden, Lofsdalen. Everybody in the group who wanted to join came along, and for two days we went from nothing to a first draft of the manuscript. Everybody participated, and every participant provided useful parts. Thereafter it took the normal time to submit, resubmit, revise, resubmit, and eventually get it accepted and published. Almost everything we do is some kind of teamwork, but especially this little paper. It is nice to see that such effort can lead to a paper.


So what is it about? It is about three late 16th century graves believed to be war prisoners. After some work we did not see anything in their genomes indicating that they were from anywhere else than Scandinavia, but actually most likely from southern Scandinavia. A part of Denmark then, a country we have constantly been at war with (but lately only on football-fields and sports-arenas, and under more enjoyable conditions). And although I stress that this was a true team effort, somebody had to go the extra mile after we got back from Lofsdalen to get it published, and this time it was Maja Krzewinska and Anna Kjellström. They coordinated the re-analyses, the re-writing according to the review, and all the submissions. The paper took us on a fun journey.

Two of the individuals we analysed

Skärmavbild 2018-04-14 kl. 03.56.50