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Online course focuses on Durham University Scottish POW research

Durham University is launching a free online course to give people across the world the chance to learn about one of its most captivating research projects, relating to the fate of the prisoners from the Battle of Dunbar in 1650.

The Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project identified human remains found in the city in 2013 as those of soldiers captured at the battle and held prisoner in Durham.

The six-week course will use content including videos, sound files, music and animated film to guide learners through the discovery of the remains and the research that led to their identification.

It will also explore the history and archaeology surrounding their imprisonment, and the fate of the survivors.

The course will open on 29 April, although learners can start at any time up to 21 July 2019.

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Prof David Cowling, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Arts and Humanities at Durham University, said: "The Scottish Soldiers Project has solved a near 400-year mystery about where the remains of these soldiers were buried, and brought history to life for the thousands of people who have been so intrigued by the research findings.

“Now we are opening up a new way for people to enjoy and benefit from the fascinating findings of our research, through a modern, digital way of learning.”

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