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Department of Archaeology

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.

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Lost lives, hidden voices: Unlocking the story of the Scottish Soldiers, 1650-2018

Lost lives, hidden voices: Unlocking the story of the Scottish Soldiers, 1650-2018

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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 commemorative event, Friday 12 May 2017

Scottish soldiers commemorative event, Friday 12 May 2017

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Speeches from the Scottish soldiers commemorative event held on Friday 12 May 2017 at Palace Green Library, Durham.

Scottish Soldiers Project - Reburial and Commemoration

Scottish Soldiers Project - Reburial and Commemoration

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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.

Scottish Soldiers Project - Research Programme

Scottish Soldiers Project - Research Programme

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Dr Pam Graves, Department of Archaeology, discusses the research work taking place on the remains of 17th Century Scottish soldiers found on Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013.

Scottish Soldiers Project - The USA Survivors

Scottish Soldiers Project - The USA Survivors

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Dr Pam Graves, Department of Archaeology, discusses what happened to survivors of the 17th Century Battle of Dunbar who were transported to the USA.

Scottish Soldiers Project - Press Conference

Scottish Soldiers Project - Press Conference

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Researchers from the Department of Archaeology at Durham University discuss their analysis and findings.

Scottish Soldiers Project - Media Release

Scottish Soldiers Project - Media Release

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Tests reveal skeletons found in Durham City UNESCO World Heritage Site are 17th century Scottish soldiers from the Battle of Dunbar.

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