Romano-British Crania

My research focuses upon metrical assessment of the human crania, as a means of assessing intra and inter provincial population movement during the Roman period.

The cranium offers the best osteological evidence for homogeneity and admixture, as the skull, though considered as a single unit, consists of twenty-one separate bones. The bones of the skull display the different physical and therefore metrical appearances of the population to which it belongs, these characteristics may be due to both genetic and environmental factors (Sjovold, T: 1984, 223). Metrical analysis of the skull, therefore, can indicate changes to the physical characteristics of a population over time.

As my analysis incorporates the whole of England, I have separated the skeletal collections into regional groups. The Worcester sample is particularly relevant as there appears to be fewer collections available for analysis  for the West Midlands than for the other regions of Britain. Thus the Worcester sample shall allow for as complete a picture of the physical characteristics of the Romano-British as possible at the present time.

Nichola Lyons

Institute of Archaeology, University College London.  Research Topic & Qualification: Population Movement In Roman Britain: A biological Perspective, Mphil/Phd.


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