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Joachim Burger: Women and Roman Empire

joachim burger: A genetic analysis showed the women travelled from what is now Romania, Bulgaria and northern Greece at a time when the continent was being reshaped by the collapse of the Roman Empire, according to Metro News. In a study published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers say the women's elongated heads a result of binding done after birth suggest they might have been high-class individuals. Now scientists who investigated the unusually shaped skulls say they provide evidence that women also migrated long distances across medieval Europe, not just men. These women looked extremely different to the local women, very exotic if you will, said one of the researchers, Joachim Burger, a population geneticist at the University of Mainz, Germany. They expected to find the telltale signs of centuries of Roman presence in the area soldiers from the Mediterranean leaving their genetic mark on the location population. With colleagues from Europe and the United States, Burger compared the genetic profile of almost 40 human remains unearthed from 5th and 6th century burial sites in Bavaria, along the Isar and Danube rivers. ( As reported in the news.