Beachy Head Lady was young sub-Saharan Roman with good teeth, say archaeologists | Culture24

She was intriguing because there were a number of elements about her which didn’t sort of fit. We X-rayed her jaw and we found that she was missing her wisdom teeth, for example.That immediately made us a little bit worried because I suddenly thought, ‘uh-oh, if she’s had her wisdom teeth out she’s going to be fairly modern.’ And the fact that it said Beachy Head as well, we thought, ‘oh God, we’ve got some granny or aunt here.’ It seemed unlikely but it was a possibility.We had also secured money to scientifically test about 12 of these individuals, both for radiocarbon dating and radio-isotope analysis, which could give us a place of origin for each person.We spent about £12,000 to test 12 people fully. It’s quite a lot of money but it’s well worth it because you can get so much information out of those, down to their diet and everything.

 

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