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Explore the archaeology of early Roman Britain and learn techniques to build a profile of an individual from the first century AD with Dead Interesting - Uncovering Roman Britain in Old Museum Collections at University of Reading by FutureLearn.

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What did a Roman funeral look, sound, and smell like? And how can you tell just from a person’s remains?

Key facts:

Join a research team uncovering exciting new information about cremation burials excavated over 100 years ago in Colchester, the site of Camulodunum, one of Britain’s oldest towns and its first Roman capital city. Learn about the latest techniques used to discover some of the secrets of the Roman Empire.Dead Interesting - Uncovering Roman Britain in Old Museum Collections at University of Reading by FutureLearn  will give you an introduction to osteoarchaeology, the methods, techniques and theory used to study ancient bones, with a focus on early Roman Britain.

Programme Structure


  • The archaeology of early Roman Britain, in particular Colchester during the first century AD.
  • Roman attitudes to death and the different parts of the funerary process.
  • What modern osteoarchaeological analysis can reveal about the funerary process, age, sex, and the diseases that individuals lived with.
  • What isotope analysis can tell us about geographic origin and Roman migration.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 14 days
    • 2 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • This course is designed for anyone with an interest in archaeology or history. You don’t need any previous experience to take part in this course.
  • It may be particularly useful if you’re thinking of studying archaeology in higher education.


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