Since 2013 the Rothwell Charnel Chapel project team have been running public open days in Holy Trinity Church. Our open days provide an opportunity to share our research with the public as well as to seek feedback on work in progress.
Our latest open day was on 6 August 2016. Ossuary tours took place throughout the day, and visitors were also able to find out a bit more about human osteology from University of Sheffield students. Greer Dewdney, our project intern for six months during 2015-16 led teams to undertake a surface survey of the cemetery, looking for disturbed residual objects that might help reveal the long history of human activity around Holy Trinity Church.
Our next open day was in the summer of 2017.
MSc student Allie Taylor explaining how to determine age at death from the skeleton.
MSc student Aryel Rigano demonstrates the method for assessing sex from the pelvis.
Members of the public undertook a surface survey of the cemetery and found animal bone, pottery and metal dating from the last 1,000 years.