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Stories behind human remains to be brought to life

David Jennings at the opening of the Gladiators exhibition, joined by Sir Tony Robinson, Copeland Mayor Mike Starkie and Alan Ashforth, aged seven

[T]HE Gladiators: A Cemetery of Secrets exhibition has been receiving rave reviews from visitors to The Beacon, and now guests can take an alternative look at the six ancient men behind the glass.

On Saturday, November 25, the stories and theories behind the six sets of human remains will be brought to life at the Whitehaven harbourside museum by David Jennings, Chief Executive of York Archaeological Trust.

Mr Jennings will be talking visitors through the archaeological processes that have identified and preserved these remains. This momentous Roman discovery unearthed over 50 sets of human remains at Driffield Terrace, York in 2005, with a great deal of intrigue as to who these fighting men were. Theories have ranged from gladiators to prisoners of war.

This hour-long session will include a preliminary talk outlining the historical context behind these individuals. This will be followed by a walking tour of the exhibition during which visitors will also be able to handle and learn about some local Roman artefacts.

Gladiator remains at The Beacon Museum

Mr Jennings joined Sir Tony Robinson at the opening of the Gladiators exhibition in September, when he presented his own well-grounded theories about what befell the six men.

“David is extremely well-respected in the archaeological world, having formerly headed up the archaeology programme at Oxford University,” said Alan Irwin, The Beacon’s Business Development Manager. “Such was the warm reception that David received on his last visit that we didn’t hesitate to ask him back.”

Two sessions will be held at 1.30pm and 3pm. Tickets cost £8 for adults, £7 for concessions, and £5 for children. Tickets include full access to the museum and feature exhibitions. Booking for this event is essential and tickets can be purchased in person at The Beacon, by calling 01946 592302 or by emailing [email protected] Group bookings are available on request.

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