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The skeleton lake

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Situated at over 5,000 meters above sea level in the Himalayan Mountains, Roopkund Lake is home to the scattered skeletal remains of several hundred individuals of unknown origin.
 

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Well, at least they did not end up in Dagenham.........
 

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Really weird. Seems they were in good health, there was as many women as men so it doesn't look like an army (tho armies of women existed), there were also childrens as well as helderly peoples.
how does a crowd end up there in a so remote place to die ?
 

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I wonder if the climate/ecology was different at their time of residence and if their diet adapted to local flora.
 

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Those are remain from ppl dying on a single site through 2 different widely spaced period of time.
If this place was a road point (like the silk road), it will explain the vast disparity of orgins.
Then you have a single geographical site in montaneous region where catastrophic events can be cyclics:every x hundreds of years the soil is so soaked that the terrain collapse every time it rains more than Y MM of precipitation... Etc...
So, if this place was on an acient road traveled by various ppl crossing the area and that some catostrophical events happened spanned across a wide range of time, you'll happen to get the same relics of ppl apparently traveling together (when they were not).
It's only a problem of time base and what relevant ratio (frequency) you use. A fairly commune type of problem in Fluid flows analysis.
 

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I wonder if the climate/ecology was different at their time of residence and if their diet adapted to local flora.
The article suggests that the Cretans died about 1800 AD. If the dating is off, maybe they died 1816, "the year without a summer" due to the eruption in 1815 of Mount Tambora. This resulted in the monsoons getting thrown off, with off-schedule torrential rains in India. Perhaps the group was being led through a region that was typically safe at that time of year when everthing went buggo.
 

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The place isn't really on the way to anywhere though as there's some really big mountains forming a barrier at the end. Sure you could go left or right, but this isn't a short cut as the terrain and altitude make it quicker to go around.

It's pretty weird
 

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Or maybe these people didn't died there. What if that lake is the result of a glacier that melted at regular weather/climate variations, taking with him the corpses of peoples lost in the mountains around (could be from far away, if it as formed a river at one time) over the course of time. They found the more recent bodies date from around 1800, but the oldest are from a 1000 years before.
 

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Part of the article I read on MSN says the researchers think that the locals might have been disposing the bodies there over the hundreds of years.
 
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