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Evidence of slavery in Roman Britain

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Interesting find:


The discovery of a skeleton secured at the ankles with a locked set of iron fetters is thought to be evidence of slavery in Roman Britain, experts have said.

It was found buried in a ditch in Great Casterton, Rutland, by builders working on a home extension.

Archaeologists said it was the first uncovering of a burial wearing this form of restraint from that era.”





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Another article on the find:

“The man, believed to be in his 20s or 30s, had his ankled locked with heavy iron manacles and was left in a ditch to die.

His remains were found in Rutland, in the East Midlands, by builders who were constructing a house conservatory in Great Casterton. 

After the police were called, radiocarbon dating showed the bones had lain there since between AD226 and AD427 – when the country was under the rule of the Roman Empire.“




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