The amount of importance that the British give to white skin and their connect of being Britishers and white is not new to anybody.
Even the oldest skeleton, Cheddar Man, of the modern Briton that was recovered about a century ago, was said to have pale skin and light coloured hair.
However, the latest discovery in a joint team effort by researchers of London’s Natural History Museum and University College London has brought about a startling revelation that the early modern Britons could possibly have had very dark brown or black complexion, dark curly hair, and blue eyes.
The DNA analysis done on Cheddar Man presents a lot of interesting theories about the current skin colour of the British people and how it got there. The archaeologist Tom Booth from the Natural History Museum who worked on this project was quoted saying “It really shows up that these imaginary racial categories that we have are really very modern constructions or very recent constructions, that really are not applicable to the past at all.”
The results of the analysis along with a forensic reconstruction of the face of Cheddar Man were unveiled on a documentary by Channel 4 that took a look at the Natural History Museum’s ancient DNA project.
Let us take a look at what all the study and subsequent analysis presented us with:
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Sources: The Guardian, BBC News, The Sun