Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Dead Interesting: Uncovering Roman Britain in Old Museum Collections

University of Reading and Colchester Museums

The course joined a research team uncovering exciting new information about cremation burials excavated over 100 years ago in Colchester, the site of Camulodunum, Britain’s first Roman capital city. It covered the latest techniques in osteoarchaeology and isotope analysis and demonstrated how they are used to discover the age, biological sex, pathologies and origins of individuals from their cremated remains. It explored the concept of identity and how to portray that in a museum exhibition.

2 weeks, 2 hours per week

Educators

Hella Eckardt

Professor of Archaeology

University of Reading

Glynn Davis

Senior Collections and Learning Curator

Colchester Museums

Transcript

Learning outcomes

  • Explore the archaeology of early Roman Britain, in particular Colchester during the first century AD
  • Describe Roman attitudes to death and what a funeral would have looked, sounded and smelled like
  • Identify osteological techniques used to identify the age, biological sex, status and pathologies of individuals from cremated burials
  • Discuss what it means to be Romano-British
  • Understand the value of using new techniques to revisit, analyse and learn more from old museum collections.

Syllabus

  • The archaeology of early Roman Britain, in particular Colchester during the first century AD.
  • Roman attitudes to death and the different parts of the funerary process.
  • What modern osteoarchaeological analysis can reveal about the funerary process, age, sex, and the diseases that individuals lived with.
  • What isotope analysis can tell us about geographic origin and Roman migration.
  • How different archaeological methods are required to build up a picture of an individual and how this can be presented to the public.

Issued on 8th October 2021

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Dead Interesting: Uncovering Roman Britain in Old Museum Collections

University of Reading