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Field School Announcement
Bamburgh Research Project 2013 Field School
Sponsor: Bamburgh Research Project
Contact Information
Gerard Twomey C/O Bamburgh Research Project
Email: nataliebittner@gmail.com
URL http://www.bamburghresearchproject.co.uk/
Description
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 4 metres of stratified deposits. Bamburgh Research Project runs a summer field school at Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, UK, and at a concurrent excavation of nearby Bradford Kaims wetlands. Participants get to excavate on both sites, experiencing the very different styles of excavation and investigation that each site demands. The excavations within the castle walls are set in the West Ward, and we are excavating through 4 metres of stratified deposits that are the result of occupation on the site from as early as the Neolithic (and likely Mesolithic). The archaeology in the trenches is similar to deeply stratified urban excavations, with complex multiple phase occupation, intercutting features and layers, and a large amount of varied cultural material being recovered each season. We have uncovered the remains of large and small buildings, workshops, pathways and evidence of large scale industrial practices including high status metalworking and the use of a mortar mixer to construct stone buildings. We are uncovering the early defences and entrance to the palace site which we now believe may have been dominated by a large arched gatehouse. The site is constantly changing and becoming increasingly interesting as we reveal the Anglo Saxon fortress at the height of it's power and influence. There is no site like it currently under excavation.
Keywords: field-school | United Kingdom | archaeology
This announcement will be displayed until: 07/21/1988
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