Skip to comments.Beachy Head Lady was young sub-Saharan Roman with good teeth, say archaeologists
Posted on 04/01/2014 3:24:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
...The facial reconstruction was done by Caroline Wilkinson from Dundee University, one of the countrys foremost reconstructors... Caroline said, oh my, you realise youve got a sub-Saharan African here?
Our osteo hadnt picked that up, but Caroline subsequently had it looked at by two more experts who agreed, without being prompted, that this individual showed so many traits of being a sub-Saharan African person...
The radiocarbon dating came back with a firm Roman date around 200 or 250 AD. That was a relief. Its not without precedent to find Africans from this date in Britain, such as the famous African bangle lady in York.
It was very rare and unusual, nonetheless. Shes sub-Saharan African shes not North African, which was part of the Roman Empire, so shes beyond the Roman Empire, to the south.
We still couldnt really say anything, because we were waiting to get the radio-isotope analysis back. We still didnt actually know where she came from.
It said Beachy Head on there but we could find no evidence that she was from that area at all. She could have been from a Victorian collector who just said she was from Beachy Head. She could have been an African skeleton from Africa...
But it came back as south-east England origin.
Even more intriguingly, she seems to be someone from the Eastbourne area, Roman, with very firm sub-Saharan ancestry. Whether that means that shes first generation we dont know. She could possibly have been born in Africa and brought over here at a very young age, but its just as likely that she was born here.
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Bill Clinton: I’d hit it!
Now how the heck would they know if the Head woman was beachy or not?
She looks like, for the first time in her adult life, she’s proud of her country.
Grandma said I’m so dark because the Vikings captured African Princesses and brought them back to Norway to be their wives. That explains my fondness for sailing and lion hunting.
What a world. Doubt she could have ever imagined that one day, in around 1,800 years, she’d have an article written about her mentioning her nice teeth.
You could combine them, and go sealion hunting.
A daughter of a Slave-girl sold by Kenyans down the Nile to the Egyptian/Roman traders for the Roman Tin Masters in Britannia. Her DNA is probably half Italian.
Wrong. That is the look of severe constipation.
At least she had teeth.
Or, I could go hunting for sailors. No.....that would make me Cher.
There’s a difference? Who knew?
Michael Jackson! Before all of the plastic surgery.
This would be about the time Septimus Severus and his sons were in Britain dealing with a massive uprising of the border tribes. Severus was fro modern day Libya and black slaves were a commonplace in the North African provinces.
I don't know about that, PaulCruz2016. I don't think she would be surprised by such an article, but I suspect she would have expected to see it in a magazine devoted to dentist and dental issues.
I wonder what happened to her descendants when the Legions left and the Saxons started visiting?
She looks more like a mixed race Berber than a black African.
and a little like Ali McGraw.