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The results startled everyone. Kenny described Racton Man as “a big man” and he was literally that. To have owned such a high-status object he must have been a leader, possibly a tribal chieftain, but he also stood six foot tall, and had lived into his late 40s, much longer than the average life expectancy.
Isotope analysis of one of his teeth showed he had not come from the chalk downland of Sussex but from the West Country or just possibly Ireland or Brittany.
The copper in the bronze was also a rare type in Britain known as arsenic-only copper, which may have been specially prized because, although they couldn’t have understood the chemistry, the higher the arsenic content the harder the eventual bronze. The copper was probably imported, but the workmanship of the dagger was British.
To have owned such a high-status object he must have been a leader, possibly a tribal chieftain.
originally posted by: and14263
a reply to: pheonix358
So true, I bugbear of mine when it comes to history. Assumptions made to create a hyper story. I mean, he's just a tall guy who lived long, but the reports can't say that, they have to sex it up. He may have found the blade whilst out ploughing his land, his wife knew he loved it so buried him with it... anything, literally millions of possibilities.
originally posted by: pikestaff
I wonder if his name was Richard, of course we will never know, if the skeleton has not got Spina Bifida, probably not.