The Bamburgh Research Project has always believed that archaeology should be for everyone. Not just the story that archaeology can tell us of our shared past, but opprtunities to partcipate in the process itself. As a result we are delighted to support a new Facebook group ‘Enabled’ created by Theresa O’Mahoney, who dug with us a couple of seasons ago.
Theresa’s information is below. If you feel that it is in any way relevant to you, your friends or family then do visit the group. I am sure it will be welcoming and extremely helpful.
The Enabled Facebook Group is launching at 6 pm tonight! This is for anyone who is in or out of archaeology who is dis/Abled to learn/share/discuss any issues, gain advice whether you have invisible or visible disabilities or both. Here you can find information you may need for example advice about job searching, how we can cope with negative attitudes towards our participation in archaeology, what we can say at interviews or information on how to excavate. If you or some-one you know would like to join us, with total confidentiality, email us at email@example.com and you will be added to the group.
The Friends of St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh have organised a talk by Max Adams on his biography of St Oswald. It is at St Aidan’s at 4:00 pm Sunday 24th April. Entrance if £5.00 and includes afternoon tea.
Writing a biography of an early medieval king is a challenge, so succeeding in writing an acclaimed one, as Max has, suggests we will be in for a treat. Do make it along if you get the chance.
We are very happy to announce that we have received £1890.00 grant for additional carbon dates for the Bowl Hole skeletons from the Sustainable Development Fund of the Northumberland AONB.
The Bowl Hole early medieval cemetery site, excavated by the BRP between 1998 and 2007 has since been the subject of intensive scientific analysis by a team at Durham University led by Professor Charlotte Roberts. The results are very exciting and those of you with an interest in the academic papers produced so far should have a look on the website hosted at the university (https://www.dur.ac.uk/research/directory/view/?mode=project&id=278).
BRP are currently working with the Bamburgh Heritage Trust to see the skeletons respectfully re-interred in the crypt at St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh, and to produce a new display bringing the research results to the attention of the public. The new dates will aid us in narrowing down phasing and greatly add to our ability to interpret this amazing site.
Our blog has been quite quiet over the winter but behind the scenes we have actually been rather busy, making plans and working towards what we think is an exciting future for the project.
One area we have been working on is the analysis, interpretation and publication of the extensive Bamburgh Castle, West Ward excavations. Work here started in 1960 when Dr Brian Hope-Taylor opened his first trial trench and continued when he returned to the site in 1970, excavating each summer until 1974. Sadly he was never able to complete or publish his work and we rather inherited this work when we began our own investigation in the West Ward in 2000. It will be some time in the future before we approach bedrock, but a we are now close to joining up with the Hope-Taylor excavation and the time has come for a major post excavation effort. Its a daunting body of archaeological research but has the potential to hugely enhance our understanding of this amazing site, so its research and publication is a big priority over the next few years.
We will need a number of academic partners to aid us in our research and we are delighted that students and staff at the Archaeology department of Nottingham University, led by Dr Naomi Sykes are currently assessing numerous boxes of animal bone from the West Ward.
Busy at work sorting and identifying!
This is the first of what we intend to be a number of exciting partnerships that will enable a full understanding of the site.
The Bamburgh Heritage Trust have been working with the Bamburgh Research Project with an eye to creating a new visitor attraction in Bamburgh Village. The plan is to open the crypt at St Aidan’s Church and and create a display to tell the story of some of the earliest Christians in the region, using the evidence from the Bowl Hole excavation.
Its early days for the project and we will keep you posted as it develops. In the mean time check out the Berwick Advertiser article below:
We hope you can join us for the Bamburgh Research Project’s
20th Anniversary Season!
2016 marks 20 years since the founding of the Bamburgh Research Project. Over the years we have introduced hundreds of students and community members to the wonders of archaeology. We don’t know how the time has passed so quickly. Regardless, there is TONS of archaeology just waiting to be discovered in what is sure to be an amazing season.
Though the current installation of the Archaeology Basics video series by the students from Ashington Learning Partnership is at an end we have one more in store for you. Now you can hear from the students themselves about their experiences throughout the project. It’s really quite inspiring stuff!
Brian Cosgrove, the lead teacher for the project had this to say:
“Challenge week was, without doubt, a fantastic success with all of the students taking part finding their niche in the project. They didn’t want to leave on the final day! They want to follow up the work on Test Pit 63. Naturally I have to thank the ‘stars’ of our four little videos. Tom Gardner needs extra praise for the time and effort he dedicated over the three days; working with the students and welcoming them into the team on site. They really did feel a part of the Kaims project and finding the timber in the trench was inspiring. I would (of course) like to thank Graeme, Paul, Cole, and everyone at the BRP and the Kaims for making an opportunity like this available to our students. I hope we can build on this in the future.”