Roman London DNA

The Museum of London has revealed its research findings into DNA taken from skeletons from the Londinium era.

The testing involved analysis of tooth enamel by experts at Durham University, while an entire tooth from each sample was sent to Canada for DNA profiling. A skeleton discovered at London Wall was that of a man whose skull injuries suggested he may have been killed nearby in the amphitheatre.

DNA results showed he had black hair, brown eyes and probably had origins in eastern Europe. Other remains were dated from between AD50 and AD70. The four skeletons are part of a display, Written in Bone, until 21 February.