Historian Dan Snow Visits Decoding The Roman Dead At Colchester Castle

PUBLISHED: 13 August 2021

Historian Dan Snow has visited Colchester Castle’s new exhibition Decoding The Roman Dead this week.

The visit comes as part of Colchester Museums’ exciting new partnership with Dan Snow’s History Hit Network to showcase Colchester's rich heritage and history.

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The Decoding The Roman Dead exhibition is now on display in Colchester Castle’s Charles Grey Room and is included in Castle admission. The exhibit investigates who were the first people that lived and died in Roman Britain’s capital city. It showcases the results of research conducted by archaeologists and specialists to ‘decode’ the hidden stories of Colchester’s residents during a time of invasion, construction, and dramatic change through examination of early burial remains from Colchester Museums’ collections.
In a new episode of History Hit’s The Ancients podcast, the team talk to Colchester Museums’ curators Glynn Davis and Carolina Lima to discuss the exhibition and the ground-breaking research behind it. Understanding more about the lives of Roman Colchester’s earliest inhabitants, has enabled the team to unlock the world of life and death almost 2,000 years ago.

Listen to the new The Ancients podcast about Decoding The Roman Dead here - History Podcasts | History Hit

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Councillor Darius Laws, Portfolio Holder for Economy, Business and Heritage for Colchester Borough Council said, “This exhibition is a must see for anyone interested in Roman Colchester. This is the first time that Roman cremation burials have undergone the scientific technique of ‘isotope-analysis’ in Britain and we are thrilled to be able to reveal the results. The exhibition showcases findings that are significant and of national importance.”

Dan Snow of History Hit said,” This is one of the best Roman exhibitions I've seen in the UK. It is so exciting that the team have used objects that have been in the collection for generations and have used new scientific techniques to discover huge amounts of new material about the lives of these people who were cremated and buried outside Colchester nearly 2,000 years ago.

“From a potful of bones shards we can build a picture of a life lived in a world different to our own but strangely familiar. I urge everyone to head to the castle and see the exhibition while they can!”

History Hit and Colchester Museums will continue to work together on exciting new future projects. Ensure you are following both on social media to be the first to find out news.

Page last reviewed: 13 August 2021


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