If you are mystified by mummies or intrigued by medieval diseases the summer talks by Aberdeenshire Council’s Museums Service at Arbuthnot Museum, Peterhead aim to inject life into cadavers and probe into the gruesome side of history.
A talk on ‘mummies of the world’ takes place on Thursday, July 26 at 2pm and will explore people preservation from the frozen mountain peaks of Peru to the deserts of China and the mysterious Valley of the Kings as well as bog bodies from Ireland.
The short talk will be followed by a session to explore Egyptian mummy artefacts as well as the chance to say hello to Pete Bog, the replica Bog Body.
On Thursday, August 16 at 2pm ‘written in bone’ unearths the diseases and injuries our ancestors had to deal with from yaws, tuberculosis to war wounds in a talk that covers the role of palaeopathology in history.
The study of ancient human remains can uncover extra historical details such as the presence of archers onboard Henry VIII’s 16th century warship the Mary Rose and although a sensitive issue, provide glimpses into the way people lived and died.
Following the talk the museum service will display relics from its own archaeology collection.
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Buchan Area Committee Councillor Stuart Pratt said: “Studying the darker side of history can be sensitive but it is also necessary if we are to find out more about our ancestors and the museum service has created a lively and engaging series of talks that I encourage people to attend.”
Entrance to the Arbuthnot Museum, St Peter Street, Peterhead is free. For more information contact the museum on 01779 477778.