What this skeleton told us: Evidence
A 14 to 16 year old teenager/adolescent. His/her teeth had evidence of plaque and tooth decay on them.
Interpretation of the evidence
Child mortality was likely high in Anglo-Saxon Britain. This teenager/adolescent could have died from a communicable disease (infection) but, had they survived into adulthood, they would have probably developed more of the dental problems that so many of these skeletons display. The fact that he/she had rotten teeth suggests sugar in their diet.
Northumbrians. At the time there were also Súþan-hymbre or Southumbrians (Mercians); the river Humber dividing the kingdoms. Though Bernicia was the name of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom where Northumbria now lies around AD 600.