The British BBC recently reported on the 1st that 800 human remains were found in a lake located in the Indian Himalayas.
The location in question is Lake Lukung, located at an altitude of 5029m in the Indian Himalayas.
After the British Forest Service discovered the remains in 1942, the lake has been nicknamed ‘Lake of the Skull’. Skeletons are visible only when the snow melts, and about 800 remains have been found so far.
For more than half a century, anthropologists and scientists have been studying the remains. The most widely accepted theories so far include the theory that the king and his attendants were killed in a blizzard about 800 years ago and the theory that it was a cemetery for the victims of a plague.
However, as a result of recent carbon dating of the remains, it was revealed that the remains are over 1200 years old, proving that all of the above theories are false. Experts say that because it is a Himalayan highland, the lake is covered with ice most of the year, allowing the remains to be preserved for a long time.
Even more interesting, genetic analysis revealed that the remains consisted of different races. One group has genes similar to people living in India today, while the other group has genes similar to people living in Europe today, particularly Crete, Greece.
The research team recently discovered that inscriptions at local temples recorded the deaths of many pilgrims in blizzards during Hindu pilgrimages between the 8th and 10th centuries, suggesting that this may be related.
However, there are some things that this cannot explain. Why were the bodies of people who lived on the Mediterranean island of Crete found in the Himalayas?
“We’re curious, too,” said Eadaoin Hani, a researcher at Harvard University, who leads the study.