Bodies of Evidence: How Science Unearthed Durham’s Dark Secret

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A new exhibition revealing how Durham University archaeologists pieced together evidence to establish the identity of 17th century Scottish soldiers whose remains were unearthed in Durham. Find out how the latest scientific techniques revealed the soldiers’ story, how they lived, why they died, and what became of those who survived.

The story of the Scottish soldiers whose remains were discovered in two mass burial sites in Durham city centre in 2013 will be told in a new exhibition opening this summer.

The exhibition, entitled Bodies of Evidence: How Science Unearthed Durham’s Dark Secret, shows how the latest scientific techniques have revealed the soldiers’ story – how they lived, why they died, and what became of those who survived.

Their skeletons were discovered during excavations in Durham in November 2013 and, for the first time, visitors to Palace Green Library will come face to face with a 3D reconstruction of the face of one of these men, who lived and died more than 300 years ago.

The exhibition shows how a multi-disciplinary team at Durham University pieced together evidence to establish details about the identities, lives and appearance of the soldiers, who were imprisoned and died in Durham following the Battle of Dunbar in 1650.

The exhibition includes a 3D facial depiction of the face of one of the soldiers, created by researchers at Face Lab, part of Liverpool John Moores University, using one of the excavated skulls along with evidence provided by the Durham University archaeology team.

Venue: Palace Green Library

Bodies of Evidence: How Science Unearthed Durham’s Dark Secret

Accessibility Information

Parking
Visitor parking is not available on Palace Green, but exceptions may be made for disabled customers and those with limited mobility. To enquire about disabled parking, please contact the Palace Green security office by telephone +44 (0)191 334 2222.

Accessing Palace Green Library
Palace Green Library has been adapted wherever possible for wheelchair access. A platform lift from our main entrance to reception is available. From the reception area, visitors can access galleries on the ground floor, accessible toilets, the shop and Search Room. A platform lift takes visitors to the DLI Collection Gallery and the Wolfson Gallery on the first floor.