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Bamburgh Research Project

March 28, 2008

Castle and excavationBamburgh Castle is one of the most important archaeological sites in Britain, containing within its bounds layers representing more than 2000 years of continuous occupation. Surprisingly, it has attracted relatively little archaeological attention. The first excavations within the Castle occurred in the 1960s and 1970s and were resumed in 1996 by the Bamburgh Research Project.

Bamburgh can be found on the East Coast of Northumberland, close to the border between England and Scotland. It lies around 50 miles north of Newcastle, and 15 miles south of Berwick upon Tweed. To the East of Bamburgh lies the North sea and the Farne Isles. To the North is Holy Island. Bamburgh sits at the point where the Cheviots run into the sea. It is easily accessible, being only 5 miles from the main arterial road through the North, the A1 and close to the main northern train line, which stops at both Newcastle upon Tyne and Berwick upon Tweed.

Take Part

Accommodation is camping, with showers, toilets, café, phone etc.  All meals will also be provided. You will Excavation in bowl holeneed to bring your own tent, sleeping bag, etc  as well as cutlery and crockery (be sensible, it’s camping, so leave the Doulton at home!) NB. It can get very cold at nights so bring a sleeping bag plus blankets etc if you feel the cold.

If camping is not for you then you can easily get accommodation in a local guesthouse, as these are plentiful.

Costs:  See website  http://www.bamburghresearchproject.co.uk/getting-involved.html

Dates: 16 June – 24 August 2008

Age: Under 18 (with parental consent)  Under 16 with an adult

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