Past Student takes his lead from the Bamburgh Research Project

Media in Archaeology

Former BRP media student, Joe Tong, has taken the skills he learnt with the project and set up his own media output with Project Eliseg, Llangollen, NW Wales. Joe is currently working towards his undergraduate degree in archaeology at the University of Chester and as part of his research for his dissertation he is exploring the many types of media output that can be generated through video recording.

Whilst working with the BRP, Joe learnt about the technical aspects of recording during the filming and editing process. He recorded the staff and students at work, plus the archaeology as it was unearthed over a four week period, under the supervision of Director, Gerry Twomey. The experience with the BRP has encouraged Joe to take this practice to a smaller, short term research project to compare and contrast the pros and cons between the two types of sites, the BRP being an on-going, long-standing, multi-site project.

Joe filming in T3 with the BRP
Filming under-way in T3

Project Eliseg is exploring a 9th century stone monument erected by the Kings of Powy’s, which stands above a potential Bronze Age cairn. The mound was excavated by antiquarians in the 1780’s, with accounts suggesting that there were inhumations present in the mound itself. The project is co-directed by members of staff from the University of Chester and Bangor University. For more information go to

Eliseg’s Pillar and the mound on which it sits at the end of the 2010 excavation season

At Project Eliseg Joe is filming the excavation process and the archaeology on a day-to-day basis, as well as interviewing members of staff and the student volunteers about various themes such as Antiquarian activity, the landscape setting of the Pillar of Eliseg and the on-going interpretative process. This information is then turned into short daily video blogs and will form part of a larger un-edited video archive, allowing future researchers an insight into the ideas, methodologies, debates and personalities that shaped the recording of the site; allowing for a reflexive analysis of the project as a whole. Here is an example of one of the video blog entries which explores the theme of media in archaeology.

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