The Woman

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Who was the woman buried at Wetwang? What was life like in the Early Iron Age? Answers to such questions can only come from archaeological evidence, as written records of life in Britain begin between 100 BC and AD 100, at least two hundred years after her death.

Excavations from Iron Age settlements in East Yorkshire help build a picture of daily life. Evidence from her skeleton has told us how old she was, and provided surprising clues about her health and her appearance. Unfortunately, no direct evidence survives for her clothes, but the presence of a mirror is very interesting.

As so few people were buried with chariots in the Iron Age, the woman clearly had a special place within her community. Was she a queen or princess? Or was she different for other reasons?