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Durham University

An Archaeology of 'Race'

 An archaeology of 'race'

The Severan Tondo

The Severan Tondo, dating from around AD 200.
© b p k-Bildagentur für Kunst Kultur
und Geschichte, Berlin

Research and website is devised by Dr Divya P. Tolia-Kelly
Newcastle and Durham Universities, Beacon  for Public Engagement Fellow 2009/10.

Research has shown that in areas with low numbers of BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) pupils, racial prejudice is often most deep-seated and widespread. In addition, the growth of far-right groups in the country has become a cause for concern.

Part of race equality teaching is helping pupils to understand their multicultural origins, and dispelling the myth that Britishness is synonymous with a white, mono-ethnic, religious and cultural background.

This teaching pack attempts to explore the reality of multi-cultural Britain, which reaches far back into history. It examines the Northern Frontier of Hadrian’s Wall as being, in Roman times, a site of multicultural flows, and residency of the African Emperor of Rome, Septimius Severus who lived and died in York (211). It also explores the resultant benefits of this to British society, as we know it today.

It links with the Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 in the History and Citizenship curriculum.

This teaching pack can be used as a stand-alone resource. It can be used in conjunction with a visit to the Archaeology of ‘Race’ Exhibition, or with the e-version of the Archaeology of ‘Race’ Exhibition.

Exhibition designed by Christina Unwin:

Images of Septimius Severus by Spatial Imaging Ltd.

Contact Details

Durham University
Department of Geography
Science Laboratories
South Road, Durham

Tel: 0191 3341800
Fax: 0191 3341801