Location: Northumberland, United Kingdom
Bradford Kaimes Wetlands Project Field School runs between 2nd June to 26th July in 2014.Work starts Monday 2nd June 2014. Prices are £250.00 per week if paying by cash or cheque (advance payment necessary) or + 4% if you wish to pay via PayPal (available as a booking option on our website) www.bamburghresearchproject.co.uk
For year round details of us please go to our blog: http://bamburghresearchproject.wordpress.com/ full details of our last season are on there if you go back through the articles.
Students book using the online booking form on the ‘Join Us’ section of our website or email the project directors:
Bradford Kaims Project, Northumberland Wetlands Initiative has been running since 2010 and is a project run as part of Bamburgh Research Project www.bamburghresearchproject.co.uk Students will get to experience the archaeology of Bamburgh castle as well as a completely different kind of excavation at the Bradford Kaims wetlands.
We are examining the palaeo-environmental evidence dating back to the last ice age that is preserved in a series of peat bogs in the region of north Northumberland, UK near Bamburgh Castle. A season of fieldwork involving test-pitting, excavation, environmental sampling, coring and survey will be undertaken between June 2nd to July 26th 2013. This runs concurrently with our season of excavation at Bamburgh Castle (which is listed separately), so students can spend time in the wetlands and the castle, participating in both projects if they wish. The Bradford Kaims are located in North Northumberland, England, less than forty kilometres from the Scottish Border. It is surrounded by an extensive wetland that formed in the Late Glacial and was a large lake system throughout the Holocene. Many sites are known in this region, from Mesolithic and Neolithic scatters, to Bronze Age cairns and votive deposits, Iron Age hillforts and Medieval villages. This project seeks to survey the lake and undertake exploratory excavations of sites from different periods. Training in survey and excavation, as well as palaeoenvironmental sampling, will be provided on sites that offer extraordinarily good conditions for the preservation of archaeological remains. Also, there will be opportunities to learn about material culture such as lithic material and ceramics.
There are many sites in the vicinity that have never been excavated, and we aim to explore some of those this summer. We began excavating the prehistoric lake edge last summer and we have revealed an interesting flagstone feature associated with a great deal of charred material and Neolithic Flint Tools. A recent Archaeo-Magnetometry date has placed this feature at 4,500BC, which if correct, makes it a rather important and intriguing discovery. We will be stripping the area around this feature during the summer to see if we can uncover associated features or sites and we'll be prospecting for new sites in a much larger area as well as taking a new series of core samples. This is a good year to get involved in this expanding project. For an example of similar sites see the excavation report of Starr Carr.
To book your place please use the online booking form at www.bamburghresearchproject.co.uk
We run the project as a Field School each summer between June and July, camping at a local campsite.
The project is open to ANYONE - as full training will be provided.
You can also find us through the following links:
our website: www.bamburghresearchproject.co.uk
YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/bamburghmedia
Twitter @ http://twitter.com/brparchaeology
Period(s) of Occupation: Medieval to Mesolithic
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 week
Room and Board Arrangements
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered Pending
Sarah Groves, Philip Wood, Graeme Young, The Bowl Hole Early Medieval Cemetery at Bamburgh, Excavations 1998 to 1999, Archaeologia Aeliana, Fifth Series, Volume XXXVIII, 2009, Newcastle upon Tyne
Bennet, M. and K. L. R. Pedersen, A Neolithic Polished Flint Axehead from Near Louth, Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, 35:56:00, 2000,
Waddington, Clive & Kristian Pedersen (editors), Mesolithic Studies in the North Sea Basin and Beyond: Proceedings of a Conference Held at Newcastle in 2003., 2007, Oxford: Oxbow Books
Waddington, Clive, Geoff Bailey, Alex Bayliss, Ian Boomer, Nicky Milner, Kristian Pedersen, Robert Shiel and Tony Stevenson, A Mesolithic Settlement at Howick, Northumberland: A Preliminary Report, Archaeologia Aeliana (5th Series), 32: 3-12, 2003, Newcastle upon Tyne
Milner, N., O. Craig, G. Bailey, K. Pedersen & S.H. Andersen, Something Fishy in the Neolithic ? An Assessment of the Use of Stable Isotopes in the Reconstruction of Subsistence, Antiquity, 78: 299, 2004,