Tuberculosis at Iron Age Tarrant Hinton
Date: Thursday 21st October 2021
Start Time: 2.30pm
Categories: Adult lecture
The discovery of tuberculosis in a prehistoric skeleton at Tarrant Hinton in the late 1980s made national headlines and has made the site internationally known in the scientific community. The man, who died between 400 and 230 BC, is the earliest case of TB ever found in Britain.
The Iron Age TB skeleton is on display in the Life and Death gallery at the Museum of East Dorset.
Join Dr Simon Mays of English Heritage as he discusses what the disease might have meant for this person and his community, and what its wider significance might be. Simon will also discuss some of the issues which arise in presenting findings on skeletal remains to the public and how they are dealt with by the media.
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