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Project aims to give voice to people from the past

The Eastbourne Ancestors Exhibition opened at The Pavilion. (L to R): Hayley Forsythe Osteoarchaeologist, Jo Seaman Heritage Officer, the mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Mike Thompson and Katherine Buckland Heritage Assistant. January 31st 2014 E04113Q

The Eastbourne Ancestors Exhibition opened at The Pavilion. (L to R): Hayley Forsythe Osteoarchaeologist, Jo Seaman Heritage Officer, the mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Mike Thompson and Katherine Buckland Heritage Assistant. January 31st 2014 E04113Q

A revolutionary new project in Eastbourne is aiming to give a voice to and tell the tales of those who died thousands of years ago, simply from looking at their bones.

Eastbourne Ancestors, a scheme funded by the Heritage Lottery Project, has more than 300 skeletons in its closet and volunteers are trying to uncover all the stories behind the skeletons.

Formed in the spring of 2012, Eastbourne Ancestors set about retrieving the hundreds of human skeletons in storage, ready to start re-examining and analysing them in an attempt to discover where the person came from, their health, their social status and even their diet.

Through modern technology and the wonders of science, the project has been able to put some flesh on the bones of people dating back to the Anglo-Saxon era around 1,500 years ago and the Bronze Age more than 4,000 years ago - the first time such an extensive study has taken place on one collection of skeletons.

The work has been ongoing for more than a year and now, they are ready to display their fascinating findings at an exhibition in The Pavilion which opened on Saturday.

The exhibition will feature human skeletal remains, genuine historical artefacts and even a few facial reconstructions that will allow people to literally look into the eyes of their ancestors.

The exhibition will run until November 16. For info visit eastbournemuseums.co.uk

 

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