Sunday, 29 November 2015

London 'diverse' 2,000 years ago

A DNA study has confirmed that London was an ethnically diverse city from its very beginnings.
An analysis of 2,000 year old skeletons reveals what some of the very first Londoners looked like and where they came from.
Among them is a 14-year-old girl, that the museum curators have named "The Lant Street teenager". Analysis of her DNA and chemicals in her teeth show that she grew up in North Africa, but also had DNA that is common in southern and Eastern Europe.
The teenager had blue eyes and like many people living in the capital today, she was of mixed ancestry.
Dr Rebecca Redfern of the Museum of London gives more details of the young girl's skeleton and what she has learned.

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