Please come join us tonight (July 17, 2018) at 7 PM for a free public lecture at the Bamburgh Pavilion (on the green in front of the castle). The Bamburgh Research Project team will be giving an end of season round-up lecture of this years discoveries at the Bamburgh Castle Excavation.
Here at Bamburgh Research Project we are now in our fourth week of excavation. Staff and students have been focusing their efforts on revealing and recording a 7-8th century cobbled surface in the south-east of the trench. To learn more watch our latest trench update from Director, Graeme Young, who explains progress so far: Trench 3 Update.
As well as the excavation in the trench we also have a post-ex team working with students to record the finds and paleoenvironmental material as it is recovered. They are also working really hard prepping all the medieval and Anglo-Saxon metalwork from Trench 3 for analysis and conservation as part of our Society of Antiquaries funding (you can learn more about this project here: SOA Grant).
We have sorted, boxed and listed all the material and the metalwork assemblage has now gone to our specialist conservator, Karen Barker. Karen will stablilise, x-ray and provide a conservation assessment for us. The details we gather from the assemblage will form part of a interim excavation report and key items will be selected for conservation and display in the Archaeology Museum at the Castle.
Karen has begun to x-ray the thousands of metal artefacts, which is particularly exciting when looking at corroded items, as the form and detail of objects is often revealed at this stage.
This is one of the early x-rays from the assemblage with various iron objects, including buckles, knives, a couple of nails and a possible door hinge.
We will update the blog as more information becomes available.
Thanks to the Society of Antiquaries of London for their grant support.
Please come join us tonight (July 10, 2018) at 7 PM for a free public lecture at the Bamburgh Pavilion. Tom Fox of the Bamburgh Research Project will be giving the lecture ‘Searching for humour in dark places: an investigation of humoral theory in the Early Medieval’. Learn how scholars can use scientific means of investigating human remains to better understand diet, culture and society in the Early Middle Ages.
The Bamburgh Research Project has made some excellent progress in Trench 3 this season. In the video below, Director Graeme Young discusses the 7th/8th century cobbled surface recently uncovered in the southeast corner. We are not completely certain what the use of the surface was, but Graeme offers a few different interpretations.
Come join us tonight at 7 PM for a free public lecture at the Bamburgh Pavilion. Julie Polcrack of the Bamburgh Research Project will be giving the lecture ‘Forging Castle Space: Anglo-Saxon Metalworking at Bamburgh Castle’. Learn more about the tools and objects forged in fiery furnaces at the castle during the eighth through the eleventh centuries.
The Bamburgh Research Project has created a programme of free archaeology activities to run alongside the excavation this year. You can learn a little more about the background to this in an earlier blog post: Bamburgh Outreach 2018
Below is a list of forthcoming events that you can get involved with:
Bamburgh Village Archaeology Activities
Join us at the Cricket Pavilion in Bamburgh Village 2-4 p.m. on Monday 26th of June, Monday 2nd and 9th of July and Tuesday 17th of July.
We will be undertaking hands-on artefact work, including finds washing, sorting and illustration. We will also be displaying some of our more interesting and significant finds from the excavation. Everyone is welcome!
Bamburgh Village Lecture Series
Join us at the Cricket Pavilion in Bamburgh Village 7-8 p.m. We will be delivering the following free lectures:
Tuesday 26th June: Life and death at the early medieval palace of Bamburgh: the results of the excavation of the Bowl Hole cemetery site by Graeme Young
Tuesday 3rd July: Forging Castle Space: Anglo-Saxon Metalworking at Bamburgh Castle by Julie Polcrack
Tuesday 10th July: Searching for humour in dark places: an investigation of humoral theory in the Early Medieval by Tom Fox
Tom’s lecture will explore scientific means of investigating human remains to better understand their diet, culture and society.
Tuesday 17th of July: The Excavation of Bamburgh Castle: an end of season overview by Graeme Young
Bamburgh Castle Trench-Side Activities
The BRP will also be running daily trench side activities Saturday-Thursday every week until July 18th. These will take place 11 – 1 p.m. and again from 2 – 4 p.m.
If you are visiting Bamburgh Castle please visit us in the West Ward where you can see the excavation underway and undertake hands-on artefact activities. These will run on the trench side and in our bell tent. Activities include finds washing, sorting and illustration, handling and working with pottery or bone and displays of significant finds from the site.
Note: not all activities will run everyday and as these are undertaken outside it maybe necessary to cancel due to bad weather.
If you have any questions please contact: email@example.com
Come join us tonight at 7 PM for a free public lecture at the Bamburgh Pavilion. Director of the Bamburgh Research Project, Graeme Young, will be speaking on the Bowl Hole Cemetery excavation. Come learn about life and death in the Anglo-Saxon Period at Bamburgh Castle!
Meet our team for the 2018 season!
Name: Texanna Day
Where are you from?: Austin, TX, USA
What is your role at the BRP?: Finds Assistant
What do you do when you aren’t at Bamburgh?: I spend most of my time doing volunteer work throughout Austin and I practice aerial dance when I’m not doing that. I also make a mad lemon-zucchini bread.
Name: Tom Fox
Where are you from?: Kingston-Upon-Hull, UK
What is your role at the BRP?: Post-Excavation Supervisor
What do you do when you aren’t at Bamburgh?: I’ve been working in commercial archaeology for the past eight months in Leicester and I’m going to the University of York in the fall to do an MSc in Bioarchaeology focusing on Bioisotopes and Zooarchaeology. For fun, I practice archery and shoot a long bow.
Name: Julie Polcrack
Where are you from?: Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
What is your role at the BRP?: Public Outreach Officer
What do you do when you aren’t at Bamburgh?: Last August, I got my MA in Medieval Studies from Western Michigan University. Currently, I work as an interpreter at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. I also make some mean scones.
Name: Kelly Tapager
Where are you from?: Huntsburg, Ohio, USA
What is your role at the BRP?: Trench 3 Assistant Supervisor
What do you do when you aren’t at Bamburgh?: I just graduated with my BA in Archaeology at Boston University. In the fall, I will be going to the University of York for my MSc in Bioarchaeology with a concentration in Human Osteology. In my free time, I do theatre for fun.
Name: Alice Wolff
Where are you from?: Mountain View, CA, USA
What is your role at the BRP?: Paleo-environmental Assistant
What do you do when you aren’t at Bamburgh?: Last August I received my MPhil in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge and am starting my PhD in Medieval Studies at Cornell University in the fall. I also make excellent cappuccinos!
After the first few days back on site at Bambugh Castle the excavation is up and running and we are starting to make some visible progress. The first week always involves some catching up with where we were, but even so we are now moving forward and excavating down to an extensive cobble surface that we previously indentified in a narrow sounding trench.
We have been speculating just what this cobble structure represents for a while now so its good to be getting on with the process of exposing the feature in full and answering this question. At the moment this Director’s opinion is that it will turn out to be a building platform, but a yard surface or even a road are also in the running. Time and hard work will tell.
Before the start of the excavation season the BRP directors compile a list of aims and objectives based on what we we want to achieve during this period. This includes how we plan to excavate and record the site, strategies for undertaking post-excavation research, our aims for teaching both staff and students, and what we hope to achieve in terms of our outreach.
We have created a detailed Project Design, which provides background information about the site and previous work undertaken. This is then used to inform our detailed plans for the summer, as set out in the latter part of the Project Design. You can access this document here: Bamburgh Research Project Design 2018
This year we will be focusing our attention on excavation of Trench 3, where the main body of our teaching will be undertaken. This will be supported by our finds and paleoenvironmental teams. We will also be prepping the bulk of the medieval and early medieval metalwork to go for specialist analysis thanks to funding from the Society of Antiquaries. Recent funding from the Mick Aston Archaeology Fund has also allowed us to expand our outreach activities, which you can learn more about here: 2018 Outreach Activities
If you have any questions about our plans please email firstname.lastname@example.org