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Ethics: The public view

During the summer of 2018, a public exhibition at Palace Green Library told the story of the Scottish prisoners. You will learn more about this in Step 6.11. During that …

Ethics of curation and storage of human remains

Rather than being reburied, most human remains excavated in the UK are curated in museums, in commercial archaeology units, and in universities. As a consequence, the way they are looked …

Laying out human remains

This short film shows bioarchaeologist Charlotte Roberts laying out human remains for display. It is a different way of introducing museum visitors to our work. People are often fascinated to …

Displaying human remains

In the UK, the Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) advises museums about the display of human remains. They call for both respect for the diversity of …

Planning the reburial

This video includes footage of the reburial of the Scottish Soldiers in Durham; Anwen Caffell and Chris Gerrard provide insights into the choices made about the graveside service.

The reburial service and ceremony

The remains of the Scottish soldiers were reburied in Elvet Hill Road cemetery (historically named Bow cemetery) on 18 May 2018. Sophie Daniels, Culture Durham, records her thoughts on the …

Decisions around reburial and commemoration

Watch this short video for insight into the decisions taken around commemoration and reburial of the Scottish soldiers. Make sure you read the rest of this week’s content for the …

Reburial

The reburial and repatriation of human remains is the subject of active debate in the archaeology and museum worlds. Where the remains of indigenous communities in Australia, New Zealand and …

The ethics of analysing human remains

Once they have been excavated, human remains are cleaned, dried, packaged into boxes, and then analysed. This is all done in a secure and respectful environment and this is what …

Finding human remains

Archaeology concerns the reconstruction of past lives from the material remains (or evidence) that are excavated. Those remains include artefacts like pottery, tools and coins; traces of structures such as …

The importance of ethics in Archaeology

Charlotte Roberts introduces our subject for this week: the importance of ethics, particularly in the context of human remains and their study by archaeologists.

Reflections

Many of the Dunbar Scots who died in New England enjoyed a long life. Quite a number lived into the 18th century, when they would have been over 65 years …

Exploring houses

Very few historic buildings of the 17th century survive across New England today in anything close to their original condition. The unsettled times would perhaps have discouraged the Scots from …