And you thought all Vikings were blonde haired, blue eyed Norsemen

Genetic tests performed on teeth from human remains found on Gotland Island in the Baltic Sea, show the DNA of almost half the adult males is of Asian origin. Specifically, Mongolian, near Pakistan. Gotland is a Swedish island, from 750 – 1100 AD it was ruled by the Vikings. It was a centre for trade, they made silver jewellery, had factories, established towns and ports. They also had an astounding number of people with Mongolian DNA. Proof there’s a lot more to the Vikings than the text book stereotypes we learned in school.

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