The Roopkund Lake skeletons in the Himalayas is a sight of catastrophe. Remains of hundreds of people who died thousands of years ago and apart are a haunting sight – but raise a lot of questions.
Senior author of study says, ‘Roopkund Lake has long been subject to speculation about who these individuals were, what brought them to Roopkund Lake, and how they died.’
- The first time mystery emerged was in WW2 when British guards found the lake full of skeletons.
- Scientists have reason to believe that Greeks were among the hundreds of dead found at the site.
- This is proof that the lake drew attention not only from locals but was famous across the globe.
- The first complete genome DNA data from India shows that several people suffered fatal accidents at the site. These happened thousands of years apart.
- According to the research, the DNA analysis obtained from the remains shows at least three distinct genetic groups.
- The first group comprises of 23 people who are related to people from today’s India. These Roopkund Lake Skeletons do not belong to any single populous but are derived from various groups.
- The second of these is made of 14 skeletons with ancestry going to people living in the East Mediterranean areas, specifically Crete and Greece of today.
- A distinctly different individual skeleton contains the DNA ancestry from South East Asia.
- Carbon dating states that the remains were not deposited at the same time opposed to what was previously assumed.
- The study concludes that two major groups of remains faced their demise at least 1000 years apart.
- It is difficult to know what caused the deaths of these people but the mystery of deaths remains for another day.
- The haunting site is not for the faint of the heart but the beautiful Roopkund lake remains a destination for you to see, despite the skeletons.
- Roopkund Lake is located in Uttarakhand. It sits at an altitude of 16,470 ft. A must-see site for everybody who loves the mountains.