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Online course brings Scottish soldiers project to the world

(23 April 2019)

Durham University has launched an online archaeology course to give people around the world the chance to study one of its most captivating research projects, relating to the fate of the prisoners from the Battle of Dunbar in 1650.

Free online course

The Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project, which identified human remains found in Durham City as those of soldiers captured at the battle, has been a source of fascination and intrigue for the last six years.

Now our Department of Archaeology has launched a free online course about this remarkable research project to bring it to new audiences.

Bringing archaeology to new audiences

This six-week course is designed to appeal to those interested in history, archaeology, genealogy and the latest applications of scientific research. 

Using video, sound files, music and animated film, the course will guide you through the discovery of the soldiers’ remains and the research that enabled our experts to identify them as those of the Scottish soldiers.

The course also explores the history surrounding the soldiers, the ethical considerations of archaeological work on human remains and how the project team embraced new ways of sharing their work, such as exhibitions and even a theatre production.

We have worked with FutureLearn, a leading social learning platform, to deliver the course which is open until 21 July 2019. The course is free and you can choose whether to pay for an optional certificate of completion at the end.

The course includes findings from a range of collaborative work lead by Durham University, including work done in partnership with Bradford, Liverpool John Moores and York universities.

Find out more:

Sign up and begin the online course here

Watch a video about the course here

Find out more about the Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project here

If you are interested in studying Archaeology at Durham you can find out more here