One hundred free tickets are being offered for members of the public to attend an event run by Durham University to discuss the legacy of the Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project and what might come next in this fascinating story.

The symposium, to be held on Friday 5 October 2018, will include presentations from experts with the aim of bringing together the science, archaeology, arts and educational aspects of the project to give a complete overview of the next steps.

Durham University is offering the free tickets to enable the public to contribute their thoughts and take part in discussions about the lasting legacy of the project in Durham and beyond.

Professor Chris Gerrard, Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project Team Lead, said: “Throughout this project we have been committed to involving the public as much as possible, as the story of the Scottish soldiers has understandably captured people’s imagination.

“This event, which marks the end of the fabulous exhibition at Palace Green Library, is an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the project and discuss the legacy we want this project to have.

“Our hope is that members of the public will join us, not only to hear more about the project, but to share their ideas on what may come next.”

The symposium, Dunbar, Durham and beyond: Creating a lasting legacy from the Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project – A Public Symposium will take place at Durham Town Hall on Friday 5 October 2018. There are one hundred free tickets available to this full-day event, however booking is required through Eventbrite.

The symposium is the final event to support the summer exhibition at Durham’s Palace Green Library entitled Bodies of Evidence: How science unearthed Durham’s dark secret.

The exhibition, which closes on Sunday 7 October 2017, has brought together material from collections across the UK and beyond and shows how Durham University scientists, along with experts from across the UK, used the latest scientific techniques to reveal more about the Scottish soldiers.

Since the discovery of the remains in 2013, research led by Durham University’s Department of Archaeology has shed new light on a centuries-old mystery surrounding the last resting place of soldiers who died after being captured at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650.