(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists from the University of Aberdeen conducted a new study of human remains found in Cramond (Scotland) in 1975.
The bodies rested under the ruins of a Roman bath (terma), according to Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences.
In total, archaeologists discovered the remains of nine adults and five babies. Analysis of teeth and bones showed that they lived in the 6th century AD.
It was previously believed that the deceased were members of the same noble family during the Dark Ages. At least one of them died a violent death.
The new isotopic analysis has allowed the researchers to gain more information about these people. It shows what kind of water and food a person consumed at different periods of life. Based on these data, it is possible to determine in which region he lived.
“Tooth enamel, especially in teeth that form between the ages of three and six, acts like a little time capsule because it contains chemical information about where a person grew up,” said study author Professor Kate Britton.
The results showed that six people were natives of Cramond, but two (a man and a woman) were from other regions. The man appears to have come from the South Highlands or around Loch Ness, while the woman lived on the west coast.
The study reveals important information about the lifestyle and mobility of the people of the Middle Ages. For a long time it was believed that they practically did not travel anywhere both because of bad roads and because of the difficult political situation between different possessions. However, in fact, as the analysis showed, many people left their native places and traveled quite long distances.
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