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The One Show Team | 13:12 UK time, Thursday, 22 October 2009

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At Yorkshire Museum, Angellica Bell examined a foruth century skull that may cause history books to be rewritten. Angellica says that the discovery of this skull proves just how multicultural Britain was during the Romans.

The width between the skull's eye sockets and the shape of her nose indicate black ancestry, say experts. However, the shape of the nasal spine and lower face indicate white ancestry, suggesting that she is of mixed race.

Although mixed race people were not necessarily uncommon in Roman York, her skeleton shows she had a comfortable life, and was unlikely to have been a slave.

Using state of the art facial reconstruction, Angellica revealed for the first time what this woman who was mixed race, may have looked like.

It seems that this skull may indicate that Roman Britain was a multicultural society.

The skull will be on display at Yorkshire Museum from August 2010.


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