Uncovering our Medieval Aberdonian Ancestors: The Skeletal Remains from St. Nicholas Kirk, Aberdeen

Dr Kate Britton

Thursday, January 29 2015 at 7:30PM

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35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Dr Kate Britton

What's the talk about?

The growth of the North Sea fishing industry and commodities trade in the Medieval period was one of the most important economic and social developments in European early modern history - and, like today, Aberdeen was a boomtown! But how did life change for the inhabitants of Medieval Aberdeen? The recent excavations at St. Nicholas Kirk provide a unique opportunity to investigate hundreds of years of Aberdeen’s maritime history from the very personal perspective of its past inhabitants. Based on the osteoarchaeological and chemical analysis of skeletal material from archaeological excavations at St. Nicholas Kirk, this talk will explore changes in diet, health and demography in Aberdeen from 12th to 18th Centuries.

This project was partially funded by a Royal Society of Edinburgh Arts and Humanities Small Research Grant, in collaboration with University of Reading, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums, Aberdeen City Council, the Mither Kirk Project and Cameron Archaeology.