Skeleton Science and the Older Generation

The Millings Residential Care Home, Bedale, in North Yorkshire

This pilot study was funded by Durham University and included short
talks on archaeology, including how archaeological sites are discovered
and excavated, and the different specialisms, including pottery, animal
and plant remains, and human skeletons. Local sites of interest were
included in discussions, and especially references to the many
archaeological sites that have been found during the A1 road works,
geographically very close to The Millings.

The project explored
with residents and carers what questions archaeologists try to answer
and included “hands on” sessions with objects (pottery and artefacts of
other materials such as wood and metal), bones from a range of different
species of animals, and replica casts of human remains that are all
from original human bones from archaeological sites. Durham University’s
Archaeological Services unit further provided pottery and animal bones
from Binchester Roman Fort for residents to wash. The project visited

Bedale Museum and Swaledale Museum in Reeth, North Yorkshire with some residents and carers for object handling sessions, and went to see the Durham University excavations at Binchester Roman Fort in County Durham.

*Please note, the Archaeology for the Older Generation file is a large file, please be patient while downloading here.

Skeleton Science and the Older Generation

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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