June 19, 2021


Beyond law

Shackled skeleton might be to start with immediate evidence of slavery in Roman Britain

A male who died in Roman Britain far more than 1,500 yrs in the past was buried wearing padlocked iron shackles securing his ankles, and his burial “is possibly the very best prospect” for the stays of an enslaved human being in England when the land was under Roman management, scientists described in a new review. 

Design personnel uncovered the headless skeleton in 2015 in Terrific Casterton, a village in England’s East Midlands area. Archaeologists who lately analyzed the continues to be suspect that someone buried the man’s corpse in shackles to demean him, and perhaps even to indicate that the man was enslaved.