Daily Archives: August 22, 2019

Can DNA solve the mystery of Europe’s pointy skulls?

Skull modification may have been an extreme way to declare one’s identity during the Migration Period (ca. 300-700 A.D.), when so-called “barbarian” groups like the Goths and the Huns were vying for control of territory in Europe after the collapse of the Roman Empire. Could ancient DNA help archaeologists pinpoint what exactly those cultural alliances were?

DNA match leads to man’s arrest in violent 1993 abduction

Using a discarded cigarette butt, evidence from an old shirt and a DNA profile from a genealogy company, Logan County authorities have arrested and charged a man with the attempted murder of a 19-year-old woman 26 years ago.
It was a classic combination of modern technology and shoe-leather police work that led to the arrest Monday and the indictment Tuesday of Ralph E. Bortree, who faces a single count of attempted murder, said Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart. Bortree, 55, now in the Logan County jail, also is accused of abducting and raping that woman July 31, 1993, but the statute of limitations to charge him with those crimes has expired.