29 May 2020

Stories from the store: More than the bare bones

This free talk will reveal what happened when we discovered a mysterious and seemingly undocumented box in the archaeology store and the curatorial detective work that followed.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery has been collecting archaeological material for almost 200 years and the collection includes some of the earliest human remains excavated in the local area.

Why or how did a box labelled ‘Bones from Cheddar’ end up in the store? Who was responsible for the excavation? And what could their analysis add to the archaeological record?

In this talk, you’ll hear how a series of chance conversations and evidence gathered over a 20 year period led to some remarkable conclusions, as well as learning more about the ethical considerations when managing human remains.

Please note: this talk will be illustrated with images of real human skeletal remains.

Speaker: Gail Boyle FMA FSA

Gail Boyle has been a museum archaeologist for over 30 years and is Senior Curator of Archaeology and World Cultures for Bristol Museums. She was awarded the Fellowship of the Museums Association in recognition of the significant contribution that she has made to the museum sector.

Gail sits on the Treasure Valuation Committee and several other advisory boards, including the Portable Antiquities Advisory Group and Historic England’s Archaeological Archives Advisory Panel.

How to take part

This free, online workshop will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be on your ticket email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 11am on Friday 29 May.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

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