What next?

Let’s think about what you might do next

If you would like to find out more and investigate some of the themes here in more detail, we’ve put together a package of online resources for you, including a Scottish Soldiers website with additional links and a project research blog.

You can also enjoy this podcast with Chris which neatly summarises the project and what we have learned together. Or you may prefer to listen to Chris and Julie talking with historian Dan Snow about the story of the project and the exhibition (see audio file in the Downloads section at the bottom of this page).

A list of recommended reading is also provided (Downloads section). In the Comments section below please add any books, articles or websites that you have found particularly interesting.

Further study

Now that you have had a taster for what Durham University can offer, you may be interested in following up this course with further study in the Department of Archaeology.

Archaeology has been taught and studied at Durham University since 1931 and today we are regularly ranked as one of the best Archaeology departments in the UK and one of the top ten globally (World University QS rankings 2019). Our staff are passionate about sharing their expertise with our students, and for the benefit of wider society. We count ourselves lucky to be based here, surrounded by incredible examples of medieval architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and so close to some of the country’s premier archaeological sites, such as Hadrian’s Wall and the early medieval monastery at Jarrow. Throughout the years, the department has grown to become what it is today: one of the largest departments in the world and the national leader for archaeological research. As well as researching and writing articles, academic books and textbooks such as Archaeology: An Introduction, The Human Past, and The Archaeology of Disease, Durham is home to the editors of some of the most prestigious academic journals, such as Antiquity. As this course demonstrates, we offer access to internationally renowned scientific research laboratories in DNA, conservation, isotopes, environmental archaeology, luminescence dating, palaeopathology and soil and bone chemistry, and we are home to one of only three commercial archaeology units based in a British academic department.

If you have enjoyed finding out about the Scottish soldiers, have you thought about studying archaeology at university? The Department of Archaeology at Durham University has just launched a new BA Archaeology of the Historic World. This is a wide-ranging archaeology course that harnesses student passions for history through researching historic sites, material culture and museums and, of course, you will meet the educators who have taught you on this course. The programme emphasises interdisciplinary learning and skills. Students have the option to study the material remains of the ancient, medieval and modern worlds, with an emphasis on the last 600 years. You can also take modules in History, Classics, Ancient History and other related subjects in departments across Durham University. Key themes include the archaeology of industrialisation, colonialisation, transatlantic connections and south-east Asian trade. Find out more.

For those of you who wish to study at a higher level, there is our MA in Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology.

If the study of past disease in human remains interests you, Durham also runs an MSc in Human Bioarchaeology and Palaeopathology which focuses more generally on the study of human remains discovered at archaeological sites.

If you are just interested in a taster of archaeology or palaeopathology then our short courses may be of interest, offering the option of exploring aspects of archaeology for a few days or weeks.

If you use social media you can keep updated on activities in the Durham Archaeology department on Twitter and use the handle @ArcDurham to follow the conversations, or #ScotsSoldiers for more information about activities associated directly with this course.

You can also join us at Durham Archaeology on Facebook.

What stories might you uncover with us? From all of us here at Durham’s Archaeology Department, thank you for joining us on this course.

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Archaeology and the Battle of Dunbar 1650: From the Scottish Battlefield to the New World

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