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African History, Britain

African woman found in York dating back to 400AD

Africans living in Britain since at least 4th Century AD

Remains of a “high status woman” of African origin found in York in 1901.¬† Question is why are we only learning about this now?

Her grave dates back to the second half of the 4th Century. She was buried with items including jet and elephant ivory bracelets, earrings, beads and a blue glass jug.

She also had a rectangular piece of bone, which is thought to have originally been mounted in a wooden box, which was carved to read, “Hail, sister, may you live in God’.

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1 Comment

  1. anengiyefa

    The is the sort of thing that really interests me. It proves that the history that we know is a representation of the past from particular points of view that have been influenced by indeterminate factors, but which very often are not an accurate reflection of the truth.

    The presence in Britain of African noble men and women as far back as 400AD is a fact that is practically lost to history, because it was not considered sufficiently relevant to be recorded. And the reality is that much of the true history suffers this same fate.