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Author Topic: Beachy Head Lady, circa AD 200-225  (Read 115 times)
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« on: January 27, 2018, 08:44:03 AM »

If you walk along the seafront at Eastbourne from the pier towards the Redoubt you will pass a sculpture - what a lot of people think is a piece of modern art - and in a way it is.

Look a bit closer, or from a bit further away, and you recognise that the sculpture is a massive human tooth.  There is an inscription on one of the front panels which reads :

ALONG THIS COAST, NEAR BEACHY HEAD A YOUNG WOMAN OF SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN ORIGIN WAS BURIED ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED YEARS AGO.  SHE SPENT MOST OF HER LIFE THRIVING ON A DIET RICH IN FRUITS OF THE SEA AND FROM FERTILE DOWNLAND FIELDS.  HER STORY IS RECORDED IN CHEMICALS HIDDEN WITHIN HER TEETH AND IN HER FRAGILE BONES BUT HOW AND WHY SHE ARRIVED TO MAKE A NEW HOME SO LONG AGO WILL PROBABLY REMAIN A MYSTERY.  BEACHY HEAD LADY cAD200-225

Her grave was found during excavations of graves in the Beachy Head area in 1953.  They were believed to be Saxon burials.  Her skeleton was boxed up and stored - ending up gathering dust and cobwebs on a shelf.

In 2012 funding for the "Eastbourne Ancestors Project" got under way.  Over the next couple of years the project flourished and amongst other research the team set about examining 300 sets of human remains. On a shelf they came across two boxes marked ""Beachy Head, something to do with 1956 or 1959" and the story of Beachy Head Lady began to take shape.

Forensic examination of her skeleton revealed that she was not from the Saxon period.  She was living in what is now the Eastbourne area about AD 200 - 225.  

How this lady got here, or what she was doing here, is not known. There are many theories and a quick internet search on "Beachy Head Lady" will show you quite a few of them - a lot based on good scientific research but nobody will ever know.  This search will also show you that the research team commissioned a forensic facial reconstruction expert and there are images what Beachy Head Lady may have looked like.

The skeleton of Beachy Head Lady has been displayed at Eastbourne Museum.

Here are some photographs of the 'tooth sculpture' that I took yesterday.

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