Scottish Soldiers Project
Skeletons are remains of 17th Century Scottish soldiers captured at Battle of Dunbar
New light has been shed on a centuries-old mystery surrounding the last resting place of Scottish soldiers who died after being captured and imprisoned in Durham Cathedral and Castle during the 17th Century civil wars.
Archaeologists at Durham University carried out scientific analysis on skeletons discovered in two mass graves on Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site in November 2013.
Combining this data with information from the excavation and historical records, the researchers concluded that 'the only plausible' explanation was that the skeletons were those of Scottish soldiers captured by English forces following the Battle of Dunbar in September 1650 and taken to Durham on the orders of Oliver Cromwell.
Lost lives, hidden voices: Unlocking the story of the Scottish Soldiers, 1650-2018
Public lecture by Dr Pam Graves, Department of Archaeology, Durham University and Professor Emerson Baker, Salem State University, Massachusetts, looking at the lives of the Scottish soldiers. Held on Friday 12 May 2017 at Palace Green Library, Durham.
Scottish Soldiers Project - Reburial and Commemoration
Durham University has announced the decisions taken regarding reburial and commemoration of the remains of 17th Century Scottish soldiers discovered in a mass grave on the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. The soldiers remains will be reburied in Durham City and a plaque will be placed near to the site where they were discovered as a permanent commemoration.
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