Ripple Road Barking collection

A series of skulls from Ripple Road, Barking

A series of skulls from Ripple Road, Barking

In 1932, during housing developments, a Roman stone coffin was found at Ripple Road in Barking. The burials appeared to have been disturbed at some point in the distant past by grave robbers.

Origins of the collection

Christopher Hawkes, then Assistant Keeper in the Department of British and Medieval Antiquities at the British Museum, was called out to the site along with Miriam L Tildesley, an osteological researcher at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS).

The teeth of these individuals show extensive wear of the enamel, indicative of a coarse diet that was typical during the Roman period. 

The remains went to the RCS collections and were subsequently transferred to the Natural History Museum in the late 1940s. 

Individuals of note

Dental wear and tear

PA SK 175

An individual with dental wear of the enamel, a carious lesion and ante-mortem tooth loss.

 Individual with dental wear of the enamel

Individual with dental wear of the enamel, a carious lesion and ante-mortem tooth loss

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Collections team

Principal Curator

Dr Heather Bonney

Curator

Dr Rachel Ives

Curatorial assistant

Jennifer White

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