Thursday, 17 October 2013

Stranger Than Fiction: Africans in York

My thanks to Medieval POC for the link to this 3 year old article from Yorkshire Museum proving (for those that still doubt) that people of African descent lived in England in the middle ages and were not slaves/lower class.

Skull and reconstruction images by Aaron Watson of the University of Reading
A picture of multi-cultural Britain in 4th Century AD has been revealed using the latest forensic techniques in archaeology. The new research, published in the March issue of the journal Antiquity, demonstrates that Roman York of the period had individuals of North African descent moving in the highest social circles.
The article's quite interesting, though if you want to read the PDF paper this article was cribbed from at Antiquity, it'll cost you GBP 15.

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