Bamburgh Castle and Bradford Kaims Excavations
Bamburgh Castle has been occupied since at least the Iron Age and was one of the principal royal palaces of the early medieval kings of Northumbria.
BRP has been undertaking excavation in the West Ward of the castle since 2000 and are currently exploring 8th century deposits associated with high status metal-working. We believe we are in the heart of a production site of arms and armour for the royal court and will be opening a new horizon this summer that promises more exciting finds.
Bradford Kaims is located approximately 5 km west of Bamburgh. These excavations are focused upon a prehistoric lake system and have revealed a fascinating and diverse set of discoveries from Mesolithic to Bronze Age date.
We are investigating this landscape using topographic survey, coring, test-pitting and open-area excavation.
This year we are further investigating a burnt mound in Trench 6, which has proved in fact to be a complicated series of mounds, rather than a single event, and in our second area of excavation, work are continuing to investigate the area of a second burnt mound in Trench 9, also Neolithic in date, which shows signs of being associated with a sweat-lodge type structure.