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A Lady of York: migration, ethnicity and identity in Roman Britain

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

S. Leach
1Department of Archaeology, School of Human and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AB, UK
H. Eckardt
1Department of Archaeology, School of Human and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AB, UK
C. Chenery
1Department of Archaeology, School of Human and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AB, UK 2NERC Isotope Geoscience Laboratory, British Geological Survey, Kingsley Dunham Centre, Keyworth, Nottingham NG12 5GG, UK
G. Müldner
1Department of Archaeology, School of Human and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AB, UK
M. Lewis
1Department of Archaeology, School of Human and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AB, UK
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Modern methods of analysis applied to cemeteries have often been used in our pages to suggest generalities about mobility and diet. But these same techniques applied to a single individual, together with the grave goods and burial rite, can open a special kind of personal window on the past. Here, the authors of a multidisciplinary project use a combination of scientific techniques to illuminate Roman York, and later Roman history in general, with their image of a glamorous mixed-race woman, in touch with Africa, Christianity, Rome and Yorkshire.

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