Britain's fifth-century cultural revolution

"Dark Ages" history traditionally considers the transition from Roman to Anglo-Saxon culture in England a time of bloody conquest, but in a new article published in the Journal of Archaeological Science suggest that the evolution may have been more cultural than brutal.

"Was it a mass invasion, where the existing population was wiped out completely or forced back into Wales, or was it a small band of elites whose ways were then adopted very quickly?" asks Dr Andrew Millard from Durham University in Anglo-Saxon origins investigated by isotopic analysis of burials from Berinsfield, Oxfordshire, UK. The study looked at the teeth of subjects from an Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Oxfordshire to analyze the food eaten and where it originated.