Online course brings Scottish soldiers project to the world

Durham University is launching an online archaeology course to give people around the world the chance to study one of its most captivating research projects, relating to the fate of the prisoners from the Battle of Dunbar in 1650.

Free online course

The Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project, which identified human remains found in Durham City as those of soldiers captured at the battle, has been a source of fascination and intrigue for the last six years.

Our Department of Archaeology has developed a free online course about this remarkable research project, which is open for enrolment now and starts on 29 April.

Bringing archaeology to new audiences

This six-week course is designed to appeal to those interested in history, archaeology, genealogy and the latest applications of scientific research.

Using video, sound files, music and animated film, the course will guide you through the discovery of the soldiers’ remains and the research that enabled our experts to identify them as those of the Scottish soldiers.

The course will also explore the history surrounding the soldiers, the ethical considerations of archaeological work on human remains and how our research team embraced new ways of sharing their work, including exhibitions and even a theatre production.

We have worked with FutureLearn, a leading social learning platform, to deliver the course which begins on 29 April 2019. If you can’t start on that date, don’t worry, the course will be open until 21 July 2019.

The course is free and you can choose whether to pay for an optional certificate at the end.

The course includes findings from a range of collaborative work lead by Durham University, including work done in partnership with Bradford, Liverpool John Moores and York universities.