Afro-Romans: “There were Africans in Britain before the English came here”

In 2016, Professor David Olusoga released his documentary series ‘Black and British: A Forgotten History.’ In episode one ‘First Encounters’, archaeologist Dr Richard Benjamin talks about how proud he is of the men that stood watch at Aballava.

Ivory Bangle Lady was a Mixed-Race heritage African Roman woman living in York during the 4th century (Source: York Museum)
Beachy Head Woman (Photograph Credit: Graham Huntley/BBC)

In closing, if we should take anything away, it’s that Roman Britain is one of the most-taught topics in schools and the fact heritage, geography and identity don’t play a role is an indictment on an establishment in denial of its past and its present.

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