Woman from Upper Largie, Kilmartin, Scotland

The woman from Upper Largie, Scotland, about 2 000 BC. She belonged to one of the first generations of the Beaker people immigrants, arriving and contributing to the culture and the genetic mix of the British Islands.

Were they welcome? Let’s hope so. But it might have been less harmonic. Who knows?

Her life was short and probably quite tough. She was around 30 years old when she passed away, and she had suffered from malnutrition.

According to isotope analysis she grew up in the area and her food was dominated by terrestrial diet. A bit surprising, as she lived so close to the sea.

We don’t know the colour of her hair, skin or eyes. Her DNA was not in condition to help as here, despite ambitious tests.

Kilmartin Museum, Scotland.