Bamburgh Research Project
UNITED KINGDOM North England
Berwick upon Tweed
- This project is examining the following period[s] : : At Bamburgh Castle we are excavating Anglo Saxon layers of 8th to 9th century AD date. These represent occupation and industrial activity. In addition our excavation at the nearby Bradford Kaims is investigating early Neolithic to Bronze Age material. We encountered preserved prehistoric organic remains last season and these will be further investigated in 2014.
The project is open to ANYONE - as full training will be provided. For more details please apply online using our website: www.bamburghresearchproject.co.uk or email the organisers directly:
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
You can also find us through the following links:
our website: www.bamburghresearchproject.co.uk
YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/bamburghmedia
Twitter @ http://twitter.com/brparchaeology
For year round updates please go to our blog: http://bamburghresearchproject.wordpress.com/ [full details of last season on there if you look back through posts]
Bamburgh Research Project runs a summer field school at Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, UK. Bamburgh was the capital of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria and has been continuously occupied for well over 4,000 years, it is one of the most impressive and important archaeological sites in North East England, with excellent preservation and over 4 metres of stratified deposits.
The field school is open to all students and volunteers. We provide training in all aspects of practical fieldwork techniques including excavation, drawing, photography, site recording, survey, post excavation analysis, databasing, sampling and environmental processing, artefact recognition and processing, and site interpretation.
The site is run by professional field archaeologists who will work directly with participants in the trenches. We also run a media department recording the site and social history of the project and students are encouraged to participate in this. Evening lectures and site tours are provided in addition to the training in the trenches. There is also a healthy social life off site. For more info and to apply online go to our website.
We do not provide specific accreditation, as we are not affiliated to any one university; however, we assess all participants individually and provide a report based on their experiences and skills on site. If you want the BRP to liaise with your university to enable accreditation then we are happy to do so, and will meet all reasonable requests.
Bamburgh Research Project has been excavating at Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, UK since 1996. The present castle is one of the most stunning locations in the UK, with an extensive archaeological legacy. The excavations are set within the castle walls in the West Ward, and we are excavating through 4 metres of stratified deposits that are the result of occupation on the site from as early as the Neolithic (and likely Mesolithic).
The castle in it's heyday was the principal Anglo Saxon Palace and fortress of the Kings of Northumbria. Our major excavations take place in the west ward of the castle in two trenches that are currently at c. 8th - 9th century levels. The archaeology in the trenches is similar to deeply stratified urban excavations, with complex multiple phase occupation, intercutting features and layers, and a large amount of varied cultural material being recovered each season. We have uncovered the remains of large and small buildings, workshops, pathways and evidence of large scale industrial practices including high status metalworking and the use of a mortar mixer to construct stone buildings. We are uncovering the early defences and entrance to the palace site which we now believe may have been dominated by a large arched gatehouse.
The site is constantly changing and becoming increasingly interesting as we reveal the Anglo Saxon fortress at the height of it's power and influence. There is no site like it currently under excavation. The excavations have recently produced a large hoard of Anglo Saxon coins, known as stycas, a great deal of assorted metalwork including gold mounts and horse harness fittings, spokeshaves, knives, seaxes, a shield boss, chainmail and evidence of intense metalworking on site, in addition to other craft activities such as weaving, working bone and leather. We have even revealed a 'gin gang' mortar mixer, and evidence of stone built buildings and timber structures. The castle at this period was a very busy place and the archaeology reflects it, with complex deep stratigraphy and large numbers of finds from all periods, including Roman material brought up from lower levels by large medieval pits.
All participants will get to experience hands on training and excavation on both sites. Our training programme is informal, but we recommend students attend for at least two weeks to get a well rounded experience of the different sites and training on offer. Professional field archaeologists form the core of our training staff.
The BRP's on-site Directors are the key members of this core team and are present throughout the excavation season. Each area of excavation will also have a Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor who are responsible for the hands on tuition students receive each day.
Students receive tuition in excavation techniques, archaeological recording, finds processing cataloguing and illustration, environmental sampling and wet sieving, processing of flots, peat coring, post excavation issues and health and safety, survey using EDM and dumpy levels and for those who wish to, we encourage participation in the media recording and output of the project using video and social media.
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- Director/ Project Organiser: Graeme Young, Paul Gething, Clare Henderson Joanne Kirton
- Organisation or Institution: Bamburgh Research Project
- Email Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
11th June to 15th July 2017
Camping accommodation is included in
the fees (tent provided), arranged with a
local campsite (www.bluebellfarmbelford.com),
in the village of Belford, just 5 miles from Bamburgh castle. Transport will be provided each day between the campsite and the excavations. The
campsite has showers and washrooms, self catering facilities and
Storage space will be available at the campsite, so if you have lots of baggage we should be able to store it for you. If you are coming from overseas we take delivery of one you order online. Bluebell Farm Camping and Caravan Park is situated in the historic village of Belford, easily accessible by car or bus from the main A1 trunk road between Newcastle and Edinburgh. Buses run regularly from the mainline train station at Berwick upon Tweed about 15 miles to the north.
There are numerous amenities within the village including a variety of take-aways and restaurants, pubs, supermarket just across the road, post office, launderette, newsagents.
Although we do not provide food, there are modest cooking facilities available and a BBQ which is available daily for your use. In addition, we will host a weekly BBQ event - this usually happens at the beginning of the week. A daily prepared packed lunch is available from the campsite for a modest cost if you don't want to make your own.
Alternatively, there is plenty of accommodation in the local area, from bed and breakfast's to hotels. Information is available on our website, for those interested.