March 29 |The dead DO tell tales | Dr Andrew Millard, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University. 7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.
A development site at Cliff’s End Farm, Ramsgate, Kent yielded an extraordinary set of burials. The primary burial was carefully arranged but she had been executed by a blow to the back of the head. Other incomplete burials had been rearranged while partially fleshed. Radiocarbon dating shows that they range in date from the late Bronze Age to the middle Iron Age. In this lecture I will explore how isotope analysis has revealed even more about their origins and diet. The people from the site include probable locals, but also an extraordinary range of migrants. Some came from across the North Sea, while others came from a long way south of Britain. The remains from Cliff’s End have major implications for our understanding of trade and migration in this part of prehistory.
About the Speaker
Dr Millard graduated from Oxford University with a degree in chemistry however a growing interest in archaeology led him to undertake doctoral work in the Research Laboratory for Archaeology at Oxford. In 1995 he took up a position as lecturer at Durham University where his research has broadened to cover the chemistry of bones and teeth applied to archaeological problems, and Bayesian statistics applied to archaeology, particularly to the analysis of scientific dating techniques, and with wider applications in Quaternary science.
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