Received: 1:51 AM, on 24 August 2016
Dear Ms Rust,
Thank you for your continued interest in the Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project and active participation in the consultation phase.
I am writing to let you know that, following extensive consultation, Durham University has concluded that the remains of the 17th century Scottish soldiers found in a mass grave on the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site in November 2013 will be reburied in Durham once research on the bones is completed.
It is intended that the soldiers will be laid to rest at the Elvet Hill Road Cemetery in Durham City, UK. They will also be permanently commemorated with a plaque near to the site where they were discovered.
The decisions regarding reburial and commemoration were taken following consideration of the extensive feedback received during consultation with professional bodies, academics, local government and councils, and interested individuals. The Team also took into account feedback received during the public meetings in Dunbar and Durham. The final decisions regarding reburial and commemoration have been approved by both the University’s Executive Committee and its Ethics Advisory Committee.
Your contribution to the consultation process was greatly appreciated, and we hope that you will continue to participate in discussions relating to commemoration and reburial. We will be in touch shortly in relation to these next steps.
The current programme of research on the remains, which is being led by the Department of Archaeology, is likely to be completed in late 2017 and you can follow the progress of the work via the research team’s blog.
The Project Team is also planning a trip to Massachusetts late in 2016, to visit sites where survivors from the Battle were sent as indentured servants, and to offer interested individuals the opportunity to meet with and discuss the project with the Team. You would be very welcome to attend any of the public meetings, details of which will be made available in due course.
More information on the project and the decisions announced today can be found on the Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project web pages.
If you have any questions relating to the announcement, please contact us via the dedicated project email addressScottish.firstname.lastname@example.org.