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2000 Years of Life at 18-29 Claypath

1 August 2020 - 29 November 2020
Museum of Archaeology

Discover evidence of 2000 years of life in Durham.

In 2016 and 2017, archaeologists from Addyman Archaeology and Archaeological Services Durham University moved into numbers 18-29 Claypath. They carried out investigative work on the site of the old cinema, snooker hall and garage in Durham City, on a site developed and now operated by student accommodation provider Student Castle.

The exhibition presents the results of the research and excavations. What the archaeologists discovered changes what we know about the history of Durham. The exhibition in the Museum of Archaeology gallery features a small proportion of the over 7,000 objects that were found on the site. On display is everything from a medieval musical instrument to a 1940s nail polish bottle. The exhibition also includes more information about the site and what they found, which reveals some of the history behind the street we see today.

One of the most remarkable finds from the site was a human cremation, which was radio-carbon dated to 90BC-40AD, making it evidence of one of Durham's first residents from the Iron Age. Although the remains aren't in the exhibition you can read about what the archaeologists were able to find out about the individual. The exhibition also explores how the site changed over 2000 years and was impacted upon by key historical events such as the Norman Conquest.