Less known than Attila’s Huns, the Avars were their more successful successors. They ruled much of Central and Eastern Europe for almost 250 years. We know that they came from Central Asia in the sixth century CE, but ancient authors and modern historians debated their provenance. Now, a multidisciplinary research team of geneticists, archaeologists and historians, including researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, obtained and studied the first ancient genomes from the most important Avar elite sites discovered in contemporary Hungary. This study traces the genetic origin of the Avar elite to a faraway region of East Central Asia. It provides direct genetic evidence for one of the largest and most rapid long-distance migrations in ancient human history.
- H2020 European Research Council, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Hungarian Scientiﬁc Research Fund, Szilagyi Family Foundation, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, National Q14 Research Foundation of Korea, Allen Discovery Center program, Czech Grant Agency, John Templeton Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute