Home >> Sci & Tech

Egtved Girl's travels tracked 3400 years after her death

Scientists have tracked the travels of "Egtved Girl" 3400 years after her death.

The grave of a girl, who died 3400 years ago, was explored by archaeologists in 1921 while they were examining an ancient burial mound near Egtved, a village in Denmark.

The archaeologists estimated the girl to be between 16 to 18 years old when she died.

Not much remained of the girl's body and the archaeologists found only some hair, teeth, nails, and bits of skin and brain. The girl was dressed in fine woolen clothing, with a bronze medallion on her belt that probably represented the sun.

The girl was named the Egtved Girl and was believed to be from a rich family. The girl was laid to rest with the cremated remains of a small child and a bark bucket that once contained beer. Analysis of the coffin in which the girl was buried revealed that she died about 3,400 years ago.

Now, few days ago a team of researchers in Denmark filled in more detail of the Egtved Girl's life story. The researchers analyzed the chemicals in her body and in the items in her coffin and surmised that she hadn't been born in Denmark, and her diet lacked protein from time to time. The researchers also said the girl traveled widely in the final months of her life.

"Our study provides evidence for long-distance and periodically rapid mobility. Our findings compel us to rethink European Bronze Age mobility as highly dynamic, where individuals moved quickly, over long distances in relatively brief periods of time," the researchers wrote, in a study published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports.

The University of Copenhagen issued a statement saying that the analysis is significant as it is the first time scientists have been able to track the movements of a prehistoric person with such precision.