Merovingian burial ground in Koksijde reveals who inhabited Flanders in the seventh century

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KU Leuven geneticists discover two separate population groups that coexisted in early medieval Flanders

The early medieval period in Flanders is a period that is not very well-known, because of the limited historical and archaeological sources. A unique discovery from the seventh century in Koksijde allowed KU Leuven geneticists to use DNA research to reveal the ancestry of the people who inhabited Flanders during this time. The genetic diversity in the thirty skeletons found in Koksijde was surprisingly high and their DNA profiles show that groups from two different ancestries coexisted at the time: people with a North Sea - Germanic ancestry, and people with a Northern Gaulish ancestry. ...

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