The House of Árpád, Hungary’s first ruling dynasty, may have formed 4,500 years ago in a region in what is today northern Afghanistan, according to a team of Hungarian scientists.
Pathologist Zoltán Szentirmay, former head of the Pathology Centre of the National Institute of Oncology, Endre Neparaczki, head of the Archeogenetic Research Centre of the Research Institute for the Hungarian Nation, and Béla Melegh, professor of Pécs University’s Institute of Medical Genetics, carried out the research.
The Árpáds moved gradually westwards and settled 2,000 years ago in regions to the south and west of the Ural mountains, Miklós Kásler, the minister of human resources, told a press conference on Friday, presenting the results of the research so far.
“This is from where the dynasty and their people most likely moved on,” he said.
Concerning details of the genetic research, Kásler said that the DNA sequence attributed to the ruling dynasty was defined from a sample taken from the relics of King Béla III (around 1148-1196), which helped placing his ancestors “chronologically and geographically”.
Kásler said that conclusions of the research could help answer fundamental questions around the origins of the nation.