Archaeologist Julian Richards profiles our ancient forebears using modern forensic techniques.
When Jill and Brian Bushnell wanted to build a garage for their bungalow near Salisbury in Wiltshire, it emerged that their property was built over the site of a graveyard dating from the fifth and sixth centuries. The skeleton of a man was recovered and tests began to find out whether he was a Saxon or a native Briton.
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BBC Book: Meet the Ancestors by Julian Richards, from retailers, price Â£17.99 Website: [web address removed]
House of the Dead: page 7