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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - England - Bradford Kaims Wetlands Project - 2014

Europe - England - Bradford Kaims Wetlands Project - 2014

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2014-06-02
End Date 2014-07-27

Multiple Sessions yes
Multiple Session information

Field School Continues every year June through July

Archaeology Field School Location

Bradford Kaims
Hoppen Hall Farm
Near Lucker

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

we are not part of any college or university, however we have worked with many universities from all over the world

Archaeology Field School Tuition

250 pounds per week

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Tents (bring your own)
camping fees included in price
for non campers the campsite offers holiday cottages at an extra fee

Archaeology Field School Travel
travel costs down to the individual
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

the 250 pounds per week as mentioned above is the total cost of the excavation. No meals are provided
Local Supermarket, 3 pubs serving food and local chip shop 3 mins walk away from campsite

Archaeology Field School Description

The Bradford Kaims excavation has been running since 2010, in parallel to our castle excavation, with collaborations from the local community and University of Stirling's palaeo-environmentalist Dr. Richard Tipping. The project has been supported by English Heritage and the National Lottery scheme.

The wetland itself is known as Newham Bog, and is part of an ancient lake system that formed at the end of the last Ice Age, some 10000 years ago. The site is located around a large peat bog on a narrow inlet between what was a prehistoric lake and a feeder river which links one lake to another.
Our investigations, so far, have revealed numerous burnt mounds, 12 in total, which were identified by using Victorian techniques, with an instrument called a penetrometer. These mounds of burnt and fractured stone are essentially the waste product of what activity was taking place in the area. It is not known what our burnt mounds were used for, however various but limited study into burnt mounds in Scotland and Ireland suggest that they may have been used for such things beer or mead making, prehistoric sauna's, metal extraction and animal processing. One of our goals for the 2014 season is to try to identify what some of these mounds were used for.

In addition to our burnt mounds we have a 6,000 years old preserved wooden platform which wraps around the first of the mounds we identified, notable finds associated with this mound include a preserved wooden paddle, dating from approximately 4,000 BC and numerous sherds of prehistoric pottery, which has been preliminarily identified Carinated Bowl.
We also identified a series of stone mounds, within the lake itself, these mounds are adjoined by a series of raised sandbanks running north to south along the western side of the lake. Early excavations on one of these mounds suggest a purpose built mound on preserved wooden platform, joined by sandbanks, which in turn seem to be built on a wooden platform. Preliminary identification suggests a prehistoric causeway and a series on man made islands associated with lake activity.
The kaims site offers a very different digging experience to most excavations and we are lucky to be working with Dr. Richard Tipping from the University of Stirling, who has joined us to conduct extensive environmental sampling of the wetland landscape, using deep peat cores.


All participants will get to experience hands on training and excavation. Our training programme is informal, but we recommend students attend for at least two weeks to get a well rounded experience of the different sites and training on offer. Professional field archaeologists form the core of our training staff.

The BRP's on-site Directors are the key members of this core team and are present throughout the excavation season. Each area of excavation will also have a Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor who are responsible for the hands on tuition students receive each day.

Students receive tuition in excavation techniques, archaeological recording, finds processing cataloguing and illustration, environmental sampling and wet sieving, processing of flots, peat coring, post excavation issues and health and safety, survey using EDM and dumpy levels and for those who wish to, we encourage participation in the media recording and output of the project using video and social media.


BRP runs its own small integrated media unit that records the site each day on video and through photography. Students are most welcome to learn about and participate in this process. We edit our films on site and produce media for a variety of outputs from social media platforms to longer documentary productions and archive work, and collaborations with schools. The site has also featured on many TV programmes including 'Time Team' in 2010.

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Director/ Project Organiser: Graeme Young FSA, Gerard Twomey, Paul Gething, Clare Henderson
Organisation or Institution: Bamburgh Research Project
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Camping accommodation is included in the fees (but you will need to bring your own tent), arranged with a local campsite (, in the village of Belford

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

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Field School Setting/Conditions

Our Field School is situated on Pasture farmland approximately 2 miles from Bamburgh Castle.
The site is remote, but access to site is provided by 4 wheel drive vehicles.
The landscape is beautiful and very safe.

How is the project area accessed each day

by car/van/4x4 (staff vehicles)

What is the daily schedule for the field school

Daily Excavations Monday-Friday and Saturdays if Students desire

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation

Directors and Instructors

The Directors are season professional archaeologist, as are the core staff
The directors are known throughout the United Kingdom. The Project has a very good name.

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Excavation techniques
Finds Processing
Environmental Processing
Finds illustration
Site archiving
Site Photography
Victorian Survey Techniques
Community archaeology
Report writing
Pot Marking
Finds sorting
Taking Core Samples

On rain days will there be lab work?

Rain days there will be seminars and post excavation work

Will there be additional organized activities?

We Provide a BBQ on a Monday and a General Knowledge Quiz on a Wednesday evening

Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes we will have regular weekly to 2 weekly lectures in the local village

Is travel restriced during free time?

not at all , you are free to explore our beautiful county

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Contact Information

Graeme Young
23 Kingsdale Avenue
NE24 4EN

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