Hello, my name is Jeff, and I am a first time student of the BRP. For the last couple of days I have been performing a series of interviews with a large variety of students with different archaeological backgrounds in order to give a broad overview of the individuals working on the dig, and their perspectives of the program.
Q and A with Stephanie:
-Steph is also a first year student with the BRP, but is currently studying archaeology in the States.
Q: How long have you been studying archaeology?
A: 9-10 years
Q: What made you decide to join the Bamburgh Research Project?
A: My interests are in medieval and North-western Europe. This is also a well known site that is mentioned in historical records. I am also interested in studying the daily lives and activities of the people that lived here. Although the castle was once a royal centre, other classes of people inhabited the region as well.
Q: Is this your first dig?
A: Yes. This is my first dig ever.
Q: How has your experience with the BRP been thus far?
A: Really good. I’ve learned a lot, and have really enjoyed it. It’s easier for me to see contexts, get examples of different features, and practice troweling, levelling, and planning. It’s been very educational.
Q: How would you compare what you’ve learned on site with what you’ve learned in lecture?
A: It is much more interpretive in lecture. Hands-on experience allows you to be more opinionated in the field, instead of only listening to the interpretations of the professor. It’s a lot more educational while working on site, and you get to see what was actually used by the inhabitants as well.