Over the next few weeks we will be looking at various projects which past and present BRP students and staff are currently involved with. Many times you will see how their experience with the Bamburgh Research Project has helped them in their current endeavors.
The first student to feature in this blog thread is Joseph Tong, a third year archaeology undergraduate from the University of Chester. Joe came to the project to work alongside Gerry Twomey, filming the archaeology and many of the social aspects of the dig.
Joe writes “Working at Bamburgh, and in particular with Gerry, offered me the chance to learn and develop a new set of skills. I had been aware of the theoretical benefits of video-recording excavation via Hodder and Lucas since the first year of my degree. To witness for myself the process of recording archaeology and archaeologists, gave me a true understanding of the time and effort that goes into producing a video archive for recording a site and for outreach purposes. Gerry was always accessible for me to learn from and he gave a lot of his time whilst I learned an entirely new aspect of archaeological recording. This prompted me to devise a strategy of recording for outreach and is the focus of my undergraduate dissertation”
Joe is now involved with Project Eliseg, a research excavation run by the University of Chester and the University of Bangor in North East Wales. They are currently excavating a prehistoric man-made mound on which the 9th century monument, the Pillar of Eliseg, sits. To learn more about the project click here.
Joe explains his role at Project Eliseg.
“In September 2011 I was involved as media supervisor for a small scale excavation at The Pillar of Eliseg, Llangollen. Each day involved recording what was going on in the trench for a daily video blog for upload to YouTube. The process of filming, editing and producing video involves a lot of thought and effort. Without going to Bamburgh I would never have had the chance to learn how media can complement archaeological excavation which I am now greatly interested in”.
Over the past few months Joe has been turning his daily video blogs into a short film, which introduces the site, the impetus for the excavation and the results of the 2011 season.