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Skeletons from ancient China found in London

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Skeletons from ancient China found in London
Skeletons from ancient China found in London | Photo: Museum of London

Two skeletons have been discovered in London’s Lant Street Cemetery in Southwark, possibly of Chinese origin. Interestingly, scientists date them to the period of the 2nd-4th century CE, which means that the Chinese still appeared in Roman Britain.

Using the latest techniques, a team of archaeologists and scientists examined enamel samples from over 20 fragments. This is an absolutely phenomenal discovery as it is the first time a person of Asian descent has been identified in Roman Britain.

One of the skeletons found.
Museum of London

This discovery torpedoed the popular belief that Roman Britain and Londinium had a rather homogeneous society. In addition, Chinese remains suggest that the Roman and Chinese Empires had much more extensive relationships than we previously thought.

It is possible that trade between countries took place not only through the famous Silk Road. It is also possible that the Chinese were buyers willing to create new trade ties.

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