New DNA technology has shed light on the origin of ancient bones burried in water in western Finland. The DNA shows that the ancient people living here 300 – 700 AD were Sami people, who nowadays live far away from the aquatic burrial site.

Later the Sami people were replaced by others, as seems to have occurred throughout northern countries.

The reason why the ancient Sami burried their deads in water remains a mystery.

Read the full story: University of Helsinki
Scientific publication: Nature