Dates: June 16th to July 27th 2019
Cost: Cost £280.00 per week and includes transport to and from site from campsite.
Age: Children welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
Training / Experience: No experience necessary
Accommodation: Available, but separately booked.
Bamburgh Research Project has been excavating at Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, UK since 1996. 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. 7th – 8th century levels, a time often called the golden age of the Kingdom of Northumbria.
Beneath a complex occupation sequence with evidence of large and small buildings and workshops we have recently identified an extensive cobble
surface that we think is a further layer of industry involved in high status metalworking, producing arms and armour for the royal court.
The new surface seems deliberately laid out compared to
the building above it. Was this the idea of one of the 7th century
kings? This summer we hope to answer that.