The story of the Scottish soldiers whose remains were discovered in two mass burial sites in Durham city centre in 2013 is being told in a new exhibition.
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 Durham University’s 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.
Julie Biddlecombe-Brown, Curator at Palace Green Library, said: “This is the first opportunity visitors to the museum will have to come face to face with this young man who we now know was aged between 18 and 25 when he died here in Durham.”
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.
‘Bodies of Evidence: How Science Unearthed Durham’s Dark Secret’ is on show at Durham University’s Palace Green Library until Sunday 7th October 2018.
A series of talks and events will complement the exhibition. Full details are available at durham.ac.uk/palace.green.
An admission charge of £7.50 (or £6.50 for concessions) applies, which allows two additional visits. Discounted rates are available for groups of nine or more.