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Description : Movie produced for the outreach event SciFest ( in Uppsala. Film about the investigation of an archaeological site where different approaches were used, including ancient DNA study. Everything starts with the excavation of a funeral mound: who was buried there? When did they leave? What were their function in society or their relationship to others? Archaeologists and geneticists investigate the remains with surprising results. Each discovery contributes an additional piece to the puzzle for the reconstruction of our past. Watch and find out about the person buried in the funeral mound! The movie was made by archaeologists and geneticists working with ancient DNA. For more information and activities on this topic follow the links below. The scenario of the animation movie was partially inspired by the story of the “Birka lady”, a skeleton found at the Viking locality of Birka, on Björkö (close to Stockholm). Read more about it on Wikipedia ( or have a look at the ancient DNA research article (
Keywords : Archaeogenetics
Contributor : Miguel Navascués <>
Submitted on : Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 10:27:42 AM
Last modification on : Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 5:14:28 PM