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Investigating the small finds from Durham’s River Wear – a scientific approach

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 , 13:00 to 14:00
Museum of Archaeology
Gary Bankhead

As part of our Dig Deeper talks, underwater archaeologist Gary Bankhead will talk about investigating the small finds from Durham’s River Wear.

With over 10,500 small finds recovered to date, the Durham River Wear Assemblage is acknowledged as representing a major research facility, probably the largest collection of late- and post-medieval finds in the North of England - a unique regional and national resource. Mainly consisting of the discarded material culture of Durham’s citizens, these typically metal objects - the ‘small things forgotten’ - are revealing social activities rarely recorded in Durham’s written histories.

By using case studies, underwater archaeologist and small finds researcher Gary Bankhead will explain how ongoing scientific research in the Department of Archaeology (Durham University), is producing new evidence of how the population of a medieval city evolved from its feudal roots, though the late and post-medieval ‘age of transition’ to become part of the capitalist economy, consuming and producing the products which supported an empire and fuelled an industrial revolution.

This talk will be free of charge at Palace Green Library in the Learning Centre. Booking is not required for lunch time talks but seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Contact: archaeology.museum@durham.ac.uk
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As part of our Dig Deeper talks, underwater archaeologist Gary Bankhead will talk about investigating the small finds from Durham’s River Wear.