The skeletons of everyday people from across the ages are analysed in staggering detail, revealing new facts about our forebears.
Professor Sue Black and her team use forensic science to shed light on the past.
The fascinating work of Professor Sue Black and her team at the University of Dundee is put under the spotlight as they work on answering three big questions posed by skeletons. Who were they? Why did they die? What does their life story tell us that we didn't know before?
Using the full arsenal of modern forensic anthropology, remarkable stories emerge from long forgotten bones, along with the faces of people who haven't been seen for hundreds of years.
Bodies are unearthed in a range of circumstances, from a medieval body found at a Scottish castle, to a heavily scarred Georgian woman discovered in a mass burial pit in London. None of the skeletons are famous; all are everyday people, whose extraordinary stories would have died with them if they weren't unearthed by Sue Black and her team.
With forensic science techniques such as carbon dating, bone chemical analysis and facial reconstruction, they find new layers of detail to add to our knowledge of Britain's past.
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