THE study of human remains in order to better understand the past will be the subject of a talk given to Ingleborough Archaeology Group on Monday, November 20 in Ingleton.

Distinguished bioarchaeologist Professor Emeritus Charlotte Roberts will talk on a 'life among bones' to both members and non-members at the evening meeting at Ingleborough Community Centre.

Prof Roberts will seek to explain how modern techniques of bioarchaeology give fascinating insights into the lives and deaths of people whose remains are uncovered in archaeological excavations.

Her talk will focus on Anglo-Saxon skeletons discovered at Bamburgh, and how the people buried in the sand dunes more than 1,200 years ago were revealed to be of various origins, attracted to Bamburgh because of its importance as a royal seat at the time.

The talk will also look at the study of the remains of 17th century Scottish soldiers discovered in Durham.

Prof Roberts, author of several books on the study of human remains, said: “It can be argued that the most direct evidence for people in the past are their remains. In talking about these two projects, I hope to show the value of bioarchaeology to understanding the past.”

The talk will take place at 7.30pm on November 20 at Ingleborough Community Centre (£3 for non-members.)