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Durham University

Special Collections

Palace Green Library Events

Digging up Bones: how archaeologists deal with the dead

31st July 2018, 13:00 to 14:00, Palace Green Library (Learning Centre)

13:00 - 14:00

Free - booking required

Richard Annis, Senior Archaeologist, Archaeological Services, Durham University

The discovery of two mass graves at Durham’s Palace Green Library led to a short excavation and a much longer period of analysis, research and presentation work. The site was small but the project involved all of the issues that face archaeologists dealing with human remains. These include practical issues of excavation on a development site, the recovery of delicate remains, and the application of a very wide range of analytical techniques. After the remains were identified as 17th-century Scottish soldiers, a range of other issues had to be addressed. The usual legal and moral questions were accompanied by decisions about commemoration, interpretation and display, as well as controversy over the choice of an appropriate site for re-burial.

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