F is for Feet
Apologies to people who are appalled by feet and for those who are looking at the beads and thinking “oooh cool”, click on the picture and you’ll go to the site. But please read the post first, ‘kay?
I’m not here to try and sell you foot necklaces, or whatever they are. I’m here to tell you that both the young women in the picture are of Anglo-Saxon, Jutish, Danish extraction rather than Scottish, Irish or Welsh.
How do I know this?
It’s the shape of their feet.
During WW2 a chiropodist called Phyllis Jackson noticed that a lot of her customers with foot problems were servicemen of celtic extraction. Their little toes were being squashed by their service issued footwear and their heels were pinched and blistered. It didn’t take her long to realise that the fault lay with their footwear rather than with their feet. The standard British ‘army boot’, used by the other armed services as well, is made to a specific average shape that conforms well to the usual shape of feet in England but out on the Celtic fringes feet are shaped differently. Over the next 40 years Phyllis studied these differences, especially the differences at skeletal level, by attending archaeological digs and photographing and measuring skeletal remains. She published a paper about it in 2007 and her findings are being used to determine the percentage of Romano-British and Saxon bodies in 5th, 6th and 7th century cemeteries as a means of plotting the Saxon invasion.
So take your socks off and look at your feet. If you have a long big toe, a considerable taper towards the little toe, a broad ball of the foot and a narrower heel you might have Saxon feet. If your feet are more rectangular and there is less difference in length of your toes then you might have a drop of Irish, Scottish or Welsh blood.