The Bradford Kaims project has been running since 2010 and is a project run as part of Bamburgh Research Project, with collaborations from the local community and University of Stirling’s palaeo-environmentalist Dr. Richard Tipping. The project was supported in 2012 by English Heritage and the National Lottery scheme.
The wetland itself is known as Newham bog, an ancient wetland that formed following the retreat of glaciation 12,000 years ago. Our investigations so far have revealed a promontory reaching out into the bog that has evidence of human activity around the edge of the marshy lake. We have uncovered two massive features that have been interpreted as Burnt mounds. These Bronze age features are fascinating and there are several theories about what function they served, from prehistoric saunas, to smoking meat and fish, and even brewing.
In addition to the mounds there are further cut features including pits, and slab hearths or troughs. Finds from the sites include many Neolithic flints and even an Aurochs bone preserved in the peat.
The BRP also runs a summer field school at a concurrent excavation within the nearby Bamburgh Castle. Participants get to excavate on both sites, experiencing the very different styles of excavation and investigation that each site demands. If you wish to spend your time at just one of our sites, this is possible.