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posted by Countess Elena (46 comments total)
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The remains of a man from Africa who lived and died in 13th-century England
have been unearthed in Ipswich. Analysis of the skeleton shows that the individual originated in what is now Tunisia, but lived for at least a decade in England. This is not the only surprising recent information regarding African presence in pre-modern England. A paternally linked gene known from Mali, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau has been present in the male lineage
of a Yorkshire family for at least 250 years, and may reach back to the time of the Roman occupation.
(I should mention that the news articles I found do not mention what the excavated man's genetic ethnicity was, or if this has been determined. Was he of British or European extraction and Tunisian birth?)