Skeleton of Bleadon Man, 1997.

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Skeleton of Bleadon Man, 1997.
4 0 c m
 
21cm
actual image size: 13cm x 32cm

Description

Bleadon Man was one of two skeletons discovered when building began on a new housing estate on Whitegate Farm, Bleadon, Somerset, in 1998. The investigations of the skeleton were filmed for the BBC TV series 'Meet the Ancestors'. When the skull was found it was thoroughly embedded in the earth but, miraculously, archaeologists managed to remove it in one piece. However, as the soil was washed away at the laboratory, the skull collapsed into many fragments and had to be painstakingly reasembled. The shape of Bleadon Man's jaw was evidence of how ancient diets differed from ours. He had developed a robust jawbone because his food had contained a lot of grit. The skeleton now belongs to North Somerset Museum Service.

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