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Skeleton Science exhibition opens at the Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology

(16 May 2012)

Skeleton Science

A new exhibition opening on Friday 18 May at Durham University's Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology explores the science behind the study of human remains in archaeology.

The exhibition, Skeleton Science, follows the story of excavated human remains from archaeological dig right through to university laboratory and offers museum visitors an insight into the world of cutting-edge research by bioarchaeologists at Durham University.

Curator Kirsty McCarrison said: "Through this exhibition we want to share some of the techniques scientists use to unlock the secrets of our long dead ancestors using the clues to be found in their bones. We will be exploring what human remains can tell us about disease, injury, family relationships and incredible journeys.

"The exhibition has been designed for the whole family and younger visitors will be able to test their skills with hands-on activities at the same time as learning how world-class scientific research is helping to solve some of the greatest archaeological and medical mysteries."

Skeleton Science opens to the public on Friday, 18 May, and runs until Sunday, October 21, 2012. For more details visit or telephone 0191 334 1823.

The Old Fulling Mill is open 11.30pm to 3.30pm, Friday to Monday, November to March, and 11am to 4pm daily from April to the end of October. Entry charges are: adults £1, children (five-16) and Over 60s 50p, children under five and students free.