Bamburgh Research Project runs a summer field school at BamburghCastle in Northumberland, and another excavation at the nearby Bradford Kaims wetlands. Participants get to excavate on both sites, experiencing the very different styles of excavation and investigation that each site demands.
Bamburgh was the capital of Saxon Northumbria and has been continuously occupied for well over 3,000 years. It is one of the most impressive and important archaeological sites in North East England, with excellent preservation and over three metres of stratified deposits. This year the principle excavations will take place in the west ward of the castle in two trenches that are currently at c. 8th – 9th century and 9th – 10th century levels respectively.
The field school is open to all students and volunteers over the age of 14. Training is provided by professional field archaeologists in a variety of practical fieldwork techniques including excavation, drawing, photography, site recording, and post excavation analysis.
Evening lectures and site tours are provided in addition to the training in the trenches. There is also a healthy social life off site. Food is not included, but there are local supermarkets and food outlets within easy walking distance.
Minimum stay for students is one week, and costs cover camping, accommodation, and training.