Student Questionaire

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.

Stephanie holding a large cauldron fragment

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