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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