Last Thursday the Bradford Kaims Project received a special visit from the Alnwick Lindisfarne Middle School. The year 8’s from the school were treated to a site visit to see the current excavation and also took the opportunity to get there hands a little dirty themselves. This was all part of a day trip that included a visit to the Grace Darling Museum and Bamburgh Beach for a sandcastle competition.
On the walk to the site, staff members explained the background to our work and were able to show them how the site fits within its wider landscape. At the excavation they were shown a substantial burnt mound complex (our Trench 6) that lies on the edge of the former lake, now filed with peat. Here in addition to the mounds we have been able to reveal an ancient timber platform, dating back some 6000 years. Later they were invited to get their hands dirty, joining team members Tom Lally and Mathias Jensen in lifting a peat core.
The students cored deep into the peat, revealing stratigraphic layers of deposits, while also finding prehistoric preserved wood that may well indicate that our platform is pretty extensive. Deeper still evidence of the prehistoric lake bed emerged, in the form of silty sediment. We very much enjoyed the visit from the Alnwick Lindisfarne Middle School and hope they enjoyed their time here too. If you would like to find out more about the school please check out their website: