Roopkund is a high altitude glacial lake in the state of Uttarakhand in Northern India, sitting at 5,000 meters high.
Researchers have found piles of human skeletons in the lake that are believed to belong to people who died due to violent weather phenomena, according to a study published in Nature Magazine.
Roopkund, otherwise known as Skeleton or Mystery Lake, one hundred and thirty feet wide appears to be the place of death for the first group of skeletons found that surprisingly don’t belong to locals but to people originating from the northeastern Mediterranean.
According to the researchers who analysed the remains’ DNA, the makeup is similar to the genotypes of Greek people who currently live on Crete island and mainland Greece dating back between 1600 and 1900 AD.
Meanwhile, second group of bones is dated back to 800 AD with DNA genotypes matching populations found in South Asia; what would now be such as modern Indians and Pakistanis.
There are no conclusive evidence to help determine why people of Hellenic background perished in India and at such a high altitude.
Thirteen out of the total fourteen skeletons in the first group are believed to have belonged to Greeks who were alive at around the same time and why different groups of people were found buried at such close proximity to each other.
Based on the findings the remains belong to people who were healthy at the time of death.