In November 2013 two mass burials were discovered unexpectedly on a construction site in the city of Durham in north-east England. Over the next 2 years, a complex jigsaw of evidence was pieced together by a team of archaeologists to establish the identity of the human remains. Today we know them to be some of the Scottish prisoners who died in the autumn of 1650 in Durham cathedral and castle following the battle of Dunbar on the south-east coast of Scotland. Fought between the English and the Scots, this was one of the key engagements of the War of the Three Kingdoms. Using the latest techniques of skeleton science, this book gives back to the men a voice through an understanding of their childhood and later lives. Archaeological and historical evidence also allows us to reconstruct with vivid accuracy how and why these men vanished off the historical radar. Of the prisoners who survived their ordeal after Dunbar, new evidence has emerged about their involvement in local industries and in one of the great infrastructural projects of the day, the draining of the Fens. Others were sent far away, transported to the colonies as indentured servants to begin a new life at the edge of the known world. Following the trail of their biographies takes us across the Atlantic where the Dunbar men supported each other throughout their lives on the frontiers of New England. Here they worked in ironworks and sawmills, farmed and fished and adapted to the vast forested landscapes which they named `Scotland' and `Unity', after the vessel they had sailed in. None returned to the country of their birth. Lost Lives, New Voices is a collaboration between academic researchers and professional archaeologists working on the Scottish Soldiers Research Project.
, Pam Graves
, Andrew Millard
, Richard Annis
, Anwen Caffell
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01 June 2018
Professional and scholarly
1. Discovery and themes 2. The archaeology 3. The Human Bone Analysis 4. Skeleton Science 5. Historial Context 6. The Survivors' Tales 7. Themes and Descendants
Graves, Pam is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Durham. Her research focuses on urban archaeology and the development of a mercantile culture in Northern Europe, religious practice and architecture in both the medieval and post-medieval periods. Andrew Millard is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Durham. He holds a DPhil from Oxford University. His research interests focus on the applications of computers and statistics in archaeology; chemical and biochemical methods in archaeology and scientific dating techniques. Richard Annis is a Senior Archaeologist with Archaeological Services, Department of Archaeology, University of Durham. He has extensive experience of development- and management-related work, including survey, excavation and desk-based projects. His specialist interests include the archaeology of buildings. Anwen Caffell is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Durham. She is a bioarchaeologist who specialises in human osteology with particular interests in the health of past populations from all time periods and the impact of industrialisation and urbanisation on health in the post-medieval period.
Reviews for Lost Lives, New Voices: Unlocking the Stories of the Scottish Soldiers at the Battle of Dunbar 1650
Rich with first-hand accounts of extraordinary events and individuals this is a real rarity among archaeological reports: a page-turner. * British Archaeology *