|Images of artistic renderings of African descent knights of medieval Europe|
Map of the Suffolk Region of England
Isotopic forensic testing conducted by experts from the University of Dundee Scotland identified the archaeological remains at Ipswich as a human of African descent, likely from the northern regional area of the African continent, in a country now called Tunisia in the Atlas Mountains region. Body carbon dating was also performed by experts for the History Cold Case program on BBC2, which will release a documentary news feature that includes expert facial reconstruction from the skull remains. The remains were found buried on consecrated religious grounds at a friary in the Suffolk region of the United Kingdom.
Image: The Mosque of Uqba, Tunisia
Map of Medieval Africa
Photo: original land of people Canaan along the Nile river
before migrating throughout the African continent
"We don't know much about the migration of ordinary people," said Jim Bolton, a historian at Queen Mary, University of London. "I believe that this is the first physical evidence of Africans in medieval England." Prior to this discovery, however, the oldest known humans of African descent to live in this region of Europe were identified from the tax records. This was a couple whose lifetime dated approximately 150 years after the African man at Ipswich.