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European Languages Linked to Migration from the East

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Pottery vessels, Sweden

Artifacts similar to these pottery vessels from Sweden are found across northern Europe, and give the Corded Ware culture its name. Ancient DNA suggests that the group was related to the Yamnaya people who lived in present-day Russia.

Credit: DEA/G. Dagli Orti/De Agostini/Getty

A mysterious group of humans from the east stormed western Europe 4,500 years ago—bringing with them technologies such as the wheel, as well as a language that is the forebear of many modern tongues, suggests one of the largest studies of ancient DNA yet conducted.

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