This Saturday, the 21st of July, the team here at the Bamburgh Research Project had a visit from the three winners of the ‘Dig at Bamburgh Castle’ competition in Young Archaeologist Magazine. So first off, the BRP would like to congratulate Clare, Eleanor and Lucy for their winning entries to the competition. As blog followers will know, sunshine and warmth have been sorely missed at Bamburgh this year, and we were happy that Clare, Eleanor and Lucy brought some beautiful weather with them.
We started the day with a trench tour led by director Graeme Young.
From there we went up to the windmill, and investigated some of the ‘shiny finds’. Oh, and we gave away some prizes!
And then we got down to some digging. I’d like to say that the conditions were right for small finds, that the girls got lucky, or that we saved a particularly nice context for them to excavate (#3241 for those playing at home) but the sad fact of the matter is that Clare, Lucy and Eleanor were just better than us. Period.
Finds included a piece of worked bone, a styca, copper fragments, a brooch pin and rolled lead.
As you can see, the Young Archaeologists tried their hardest to put our Grown-Up Archaeologists to shame. They excavated an array of beautiful small and shiny finds, and seemed to have a great day doing it. The Bamburgh Research Project had a great day with the girls, and we look forward to continuing the competition in the future.
If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Young Archaeologists Club, visit their website at http://www.yac-uk.org
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