Plaque honouring 'first black Briton' removed as she was 'Cypriot'
Plaque honouring the ‘first black Briton’ is removed after DNA analysis finds she was ‘most likely from Cyprus’
- ‘First black Briton’ plaque for ‘Beachy Head Lady’ removed as she may be Cypriot
A plaque honouring the ‘first black Briton’ has been removed after DNA analysis suggested she was not actually of African origin.
The sign celebrating the 1,800-year-old remains of ‘Beachy Head Lady’ was taken down after scientific research revealed she was ‘most likely from Cyprus’.
The plaque was placed in an east Sussex village by BBC Two as part of their 2016 Black and British series where they billed the woman as the earliest ‘black Briton’, claiming she was of African origin.
However, subsequent DNA analysis has suggested the BBC programme’s claims were wrong, the Telegraph reported.
The plaque of Beachy Head Lady, previously thought to be the ‘first black Briton’ has been taken down from the East Dean cricket club after it emerged she was likely from Cyprus
In the BBC programme, fronted by historian Prof David Olusoga, the Beachy Head Lady was presented as being of ‘sub-Saharan African’ origin, with a reconstruction of her features
The study, by the Crick Institute, found that while she grew up in Eastbourne, her origins were actually in ‘southern Europe – most likely Cyprus’.
The now-removed plaque read: ‘The remains of “Beachy Head Woman” were found near this site.
‘Of African origin, she lived in East Sussex 2nd –3rd century AD.’
It had been installed at the village’s East Dean cricket club, close to where archaeologists had discovered the 1,800-year-old remains of the woman.
In the BBC programme, fronted by historian Prof David Olusoga, the Beachy Head Lady was presented as being of ‘sub-Saharan African’ origin, with a reconstruction of her features.
It was one of several plaques installed as part of the BBC series to honour black Britons across history.
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