DNA test puts Viking experts on horns of a dilemma
But a test on the pulp of molars extracted from skeletons in the tomb at Roskilde Cathedral, on the island of Sjaelland, shows that the two sets of remains are unrelated, the British weekly New Scientist reports in next Saturday's issue.
Jorgen Dissing, at the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Copenhagen, tested the samples for mitochondrial DNA, a component of cells that is exclusively handed down through the maternal line.
But the samples from the male skeleton did not match those from the female one, thus proving that the buried "Estrid" was not Sven Estridsen's mum.
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