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Palace Green Library

29.09.18

 

 29th September 2018, 13:00 to 15:00, Palace Green Library

 

If you have any further questions whilst viewing the 'Bodies of Evidence' exhibition, ask one of our fantastic undergraduate or postgraduate students. They will be on hand to answer all things archaeological.

Every city has its secrets and Durham is no exception.

In November 2013, two mass burials were discovered in an area being developed as a new café for Palace Green Library. After over 350 years, a team of archaeologists from Durham University were able to confirm that the burials were some of a group of Scottish prisoners who died following the Battle of Dunbar in 1650. Find out how different pieces of a complex jigsaw of evidence were pieced together to establish the identity of the bodies, the science behind the discoveries, and the remarkable story of the survivors, some of whom were transported to New England to a new life at the edge of the known world.

Bodies of Evidence brings together material from collections across the UK and beyond. The exhibition shows how Durham University scientists working with colleagues at Bradford, York and Liverpool John Moores universities used the latest scientific techniques to reveal more about the soldiers’ story – how they lived, why they died, and what became of those who survived.

For more information about the Scottish soldiers research project, view the project trailer created by Durham University's Department of Archaeology here. You can also find out more about the project on the Scottish soldiers website.

The exhibition does not include any of the Scottish soldiers' remains; these have been reburied and will not be displayed.

If you have any further questions whilst viewing the 'Bodies of Evidence' exhibition, ask one of our fantastic undergraduate or postgraduate students. They will be on hand to answer all things archaeological.

Contact pg.custodian@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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