A group of researchers who had previously discovered two piles of skeletons along the shores of India’s Roopkund Lake recently published the astounding results of their investigation into these mysterious human remains.
The skeletons, discovered at a lake which sits at an altitude of approximately 5,000 meters, or 16,404 feet, were analyzed using DNA to finally determine the ethnic origin of the people they may have belonged to.
In a stunning turn, according to these results, the first group of skeletons appear to have belonged to people originating from the northeastern Mediterranean. The researchers found that the DNA of the skeletons is similar to the genotypes of Greek people who currently live on Crete and on the mainland of Greece.
The bones are believed to belong to people who lived between 1600 and 1900 AD, with the most plausible scenario being that of people who lived at some time around the 1800s.
The second group of bones which was found in the same area are far older, and date all the way back to the year 800 AD.
The DNA of the second group of skeletons matches that of people from South Asia, including modern Indians and Pakistanis.
The scientists, who recently published their unusual findings in the magazine Nature, have unfortunately not managed to determine the reasons why a group of people came from modern-day Greece to visit an area located at such a high altitude.
They have also not been able to come up with a hypothesis to explain the reasons why they all died in such close proximity to each other, or why their bodies at least were placed so near each other. Thirteen out of the total fourteen skeletons in the first group are believed to have belonged to Greeks who were alive at about the same time.
The analyses also revealed that the group of ”Greeks” had all been healthy before they all mysteriously died, under circumstances which may never become known.
Roopkund Lake, located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, is a favorite destination for those who visit northern India. It is also known as the ”Mystery Lake” or the ”Lake of Skeletons” because of the number of skeletons that have been found in the region.