A Crusader mass burial, Sidon. Photo courtesy of Wellcome Sanger Institute.
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The first genetic study of the Crusaders, carried out on remains found in Sidon, has confirmed that the warriors traveled from western Europe to modern-day Lebanon, had mixed families with local people, and died together in battle. The results, published Thursday in the American Journal of Human Genetics, also confirmed that the presence of the Crusaders was short-lived, as no significant traces of European DNA are found in modern-day Lebanese.The institute produced whole-genome sequences of the ancient skeletons' DNA and was able to confirm they are from the Crusaders.
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