Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds Colchester is Britain’s earliest recorded town, and the remains of some of its first inhabitants survive in the form of buried cremations. Many of their secrets have remained a mystery to us, until now. The University of Reading and Colchester Museum are working together to analyse these cremations, some of which were found over a hundred years ago.
Skip to 0 minutes and 26 seconds Focusing on just one individual burial and using modern scientific approaches, you’ll begin to paint a picture of who this person was, uncovering where they came from, what their biological sex was, their age, and even any diseases they might have had.
Skip to 0 minutes and 43 seconds You’ll explore Roman attitudes towards death, their funeral and burial process, and what this reveals about Romano-British identity. Join the team uncovering new Roman life in old museum collections on this free online course.