The Saxons are all
How do we know?
- Measuring the
length of bones found in graves has allowed experts to work out the
height of early Saxons. Men were usually about 6ft (180cm) tall. Women were
usually about 5ft 7in (168cm).
- Bones have lumps
on them where there was once a big muscle attached. Most Saxon men
were big and strong. They were very active in everyday life.
- Teeth found in
Saxon graves have lots of plaque on them. This shows they didn't own
toothbrushes. Their teeth would be very yellow.
- Conical handles
for little brushes have been found in the graves of Saxon women. These
might have been used for putting on make-up, like eye shadow or
- Combs made of
bone are often found in women's graves. This shows they kept their
hair neat and tidy.
- Brooches have
been found decorated with Saxon men's faces. They had long curly
moustaches. Razors are sometimes found in graves though. So some
- We have lots of
drawings of later Saxons in their manuscripts.
Click to find
out how we know What Women Wore and
What Men Wore.