Ancient Family — A Murder Mystery

Several news sources (see below) are reporting this morning a family dating back 4,600 years, found by archaeologists in Germany, were killed in a struggle. DNA shows that the family, huddled together, are a mother, father and two children, with some aunts and cousins nearby.

The BBC story says in part,

The son and daughter were buried in the arms of their parents.

Dr Wolfgang Haak, from The Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, in Adelaide, conducted the DNA analysis. He says the scientific evidence supports the idea that they were indeed a family.

"We're really sure, based on hard biological facts not just supposing or assuming."

Other news sources covering this story:

Using a Variety of Tools, Researchers Unravel Tale of German Graves

End of a loving Flintstones family

Ancient graves yield clues to family relationships

Cold case: world’s oldest family identified

Prehistoric Family Values

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Writer for 30 years. Genealogy a hobby for about 40 years. Yes, I'm in my 50's, I learned about genealogy at my mother's knee!
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