Of Vikings and their DNA, and how our early urbanization was driven by migration

Building CPG and organizing symposiums are super-fun. But we are researchers, employed to produce research. So therefore we have produced some research: genomic data from 23 late Vikings (in all senses), and additional strontium data from even more of those Vikings, published in Current Biology today. This is one of those ATLAS-papers we have spent a lot of time with, and which it is extra-nice to see published. It is, again, a team-effort in which all of us authors have participated. But especially Maja and Anna should be noticed for all the work they put into this.

 

What I find most interesting with this study is all the variation, both genetic variation and strontium variation. And when you place them on top of each other, how we can use it to separate locals from regional immigrants and long-distant immigrants. Viking-age Sigtuna was a quit cosmopolitan environment, I like to think of it as a Scandinavian Iron Age Shanghai or London. And it is extra-fun that we have been able to identify 2nd generation immigrants among the buried.

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Anna and Maja reviewing Sigtuna figures

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