This website has been put together by the Runnymede Trust and the University of Reading. It is based on research conducted by archaeologists using innovative scientific techniques to demonstrate how diverse Roman Britain actually was.
Archaeologists analysed actual human remains (skeletons) to find out about migration in the Roman world. This included comparing burials; analysing the chemical signatures of teeth to find out whether a person came from a warmer or colder climate; studying chemical signatures in bones to explore diversity in diet; and looking at the shape of the skull to find out if some individuals had North African ancestors.
The project showed that people came to Roman Britain from colder and warmer parts of the Roman Empire; and that migrants included women and children, not just male soldiers and administrators.
The website focuses specifically on the lives of four individuals who lived in the Romano-British towns of Winchester and York – Savariana, Julia, Brucco and Piscarius. Teachers can use these people’s stories to engage pupils with the way different individuals lived during this period, and to explore themes of migration, diversity and evidence.
The website includes a wealth of background material and film clips, and there is also a PDF teaching resource, targetted at Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11).
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