Virus probably killed prince from Matejovce 1,600 years ago

The tomb of the Germanic prince is an archaeological wonder from Poprad.

(Source: TASR)

The Germanic prince whose tomb from the 4th century was discovered in Matejovce, Poprad, 14 years ago, probably died from Hepatitis B type, resulting from the research of Slovak archaeologists and Danish scientists.

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Proving the presence of a virus from 1,600 years ago is a unique achievement, according to Karol Pieta, deputy chair of the Archaeological Institute of Slovak Academy of Sciences in Nitra.

“This discovery happened to be a scientific sensation last year and it is also proof of how science and the possibilities analyzing the deceased have developed,” he said, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

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