PLAQUE OF 'FIRST BLACK BRITON' REMOVED AS DNA ANALYSIS FINDS SHE WAS 'MOST LIKELY FROM CYPRUS'
Interesting to see the report by Piriyanga Thirunimalan that "the plaque honouring the 'first black Briton' has been removed after DNA analysis suggested she was not actually of African origin.
The sign celebrating the 1,800-year-old remains of 'Beachy Head Lady' was taken down after scientific research revealed she was 'most likely from Cyprus'.
The plaque was placed in an east Sussex village by BBC Two as part of their 2016 Black and British series where they billed the woman as the earliest 'black Briton', claiming she was of African origin.
However, subsequent DNA analysis has suggested the BBC programme's claims were wrong, the Telegraph reported.
The study, by the Crick Institute, found that while she grew up in Eastbourne, her origins were actually in 'southern Europe – most likely Cyprus'.
The now-removed plaque read: 'The remains of "Beachy Head Woman" were found near this site. Of African origin, she lived in East Sussex 2nd –3rd century AD.'
It had been installed at the village's East Dean cricket club, close to where archaeologists had discovered the 1,800-year-old remains of the woman.
In the BBC programme, fronted by historian Prof David Olusoga, the Beachy Head Lady was presented as being of 'sub-Saharan African' origin, with a reconstruction of her features.
It was one of several plaques installed as part of the BBC series to honour black Britons across history."
Story by Piriyanga Thirunimalan, Daily Mail 24 October 2023