Location: Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland
Dates: June 17th to July 20th 2018
Cost: £275 per six day week for tuition with transport provided to site.
Age: 16 years or over (unless accompanied by an adult)
Training / Experience: No experience necessary
Accommodation: Arranged, but separately booked
Organization: Bamburgh Research Project
Name: Cole Kelly
Address: 23 Kingsdale Avenue, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 4EN
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 07711 187 651


West Ward excavation from the air [Photo Credit: Horizon AP for Bamburgh Research Project]

Bamburgh Research Project has been excavating at Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, UK since 1996. The castle is one of the most stunning locations in the UK, with an extensive archaeological legacy. In its heyday Bamburgh was the principal Palace-fortress of the early medieval Kings of Northumbria a role for which it has become increasingly famous in recent years through Bernard Cornwell’s Uhtred books and TV series.

The excavations are set within the castle walls in the West Ward, where we are excavating through four metres of stratified deposits that are the result of occupation on the site from at least the Iron Age. Our excavations are currently at c. 8th – 9th century levels, a time often called the golden age of the Kingdom of Northumbria. We have revealed a complex occupation sequence with evidence of large and small buildings and workshops. The extensive cultural material recovered each year suggests we are in an industrial area involved in high status metalworking, producing arms and armour for the royal court.

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