Certificate of Achievement
has completed the following course:
This online course explored the study of human remains identified as the soldiers from Dunbar (1650), the latest archaeological science techniques used, the history surrounding the soldiers and the ethical considerations of archaeological work on human remains.
6 weeks, 2 hours per week
Professor of Medieval and Later Archaeology
Professor of Bioarchaeology
- Interpret a range of on-site evidence above and below ground and draw your own conclusions
- Explain how skeleton science can develop biographies of individuals
- Evaluate the impact of archaeological science, for example dating techniques and isotopic analysis
- Compare the differing contributions of archaeology and history in understanding past events
- Debate and report on the issues around the reburial of human remains from archaeological sites
- The discovery of the soldiers and the evidence gathered from maps, historic buildings and the archaeology at the site.
- The study of their human remains and the information extracted about pathologies, trauma and medieval conditions.
- The role of archaeological science (radiocarbon, isotopes) in revealing more about life in the 17th century.
- The historical background to the battle of Dunbar and its wider political context.
- The fate of the survivors and prisoners of war sent across the Atlantic.
- The controversy over repatriation, the reburial of the human remains and archaeological ethics.
Issued on 12th June 2019
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