1,700-year-old African skeleton was Roman soldier

Published on January 26th, 2011 | by Admin


A skeleton of African descent found in Stratford-upon-Avon may have been a Roman soldier who chose to retire in the area.

He added the bones revealed the man was heavily built and used to carrying heavy loads. He had suffered arthritis in one of his shoulders, his hips and lower back.

Mr Palmer said: “His teeth showed that his childhood was plagued by disease or malnutrition, but there was no evidence for the cause of death.

“He could have been a merchant, although, based on the evidence of the skeletal pathology it is probably more likely that he was a slave or an army veteran who retired to Stratford.”

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One Response to 1,700-year-old African skeleton was Roman soldier

  1. aaron bosley says:

    this is so amazing, really really interesting, just wish I studied history and arch in uni and not psychology 😛
    so cool!! ^^ great discovery

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