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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - England - Bamburgh Castle and Bradford Kaims - 2016

Europe - England - Bamburgh Castle and Bradford Kaims - 2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2016-06-06
End Date 2016-07-30

Multiple Session information

Students can book anywhere from 1-8 weeks. Two week minimum recommended for a well rounded experience.

Archaeology Field School Location

Bamburgh, Northumberland, UK

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

We will write individual assessments of each student who requires fieldwork appraisals for their University or college. Please tell us when you arrive. We encourage students to use data from Bamburgh as the basis for continued study, and we will make every effort to assist anyone wishing to take their studies further.

Archaeology Field School Tuition

£250 per week

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Camping with access to kitchen

Archaeology Field School Travel
Responsibility of individual
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Includes tuition, accommodation, and transport to and from site daily. Students are responsible for their own food and flights.

Archaeology Field School Description

Bamburgh Castle-

The Bamburgh Research Project has been excavating at Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, UK since 1996. The present castle is one of the most stunning locations in the UK, with an extensive archaeological legacy. The excavations are set within the castle walls 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 castle in its heyday was the principal Anglo Saxon Palace and fortress of the Kings of Northumbria. Our major excavations take place in two trenches that are currently at c. 8th – 9th century and 9th to 10th century levels respectively.

Bradford Kaims-

The Bradford Kaims project has been running since 2010 and is a project run as part of Bamburgh Research Project, with collaborations from the local community and University of Stirling’s palaeo-environmentalist Dr Richard Tipping. The project was supported in 2012 by English Heritage and the National Lottery scheme.

The wetland itself is known as Newham bog, an ancient wetland that formed following the retreat of glaciation 12,000 years ago. Our investigations so far have revealed a promontory reaching out into the bog that has evidence of human activity around the edge of the marshy lake. We have uncovered several burnt mounds. These Bronze Age features are fascinating and there are several theories about what function they served, from prehistoric saunas, to smoking meat and fish, and even brewing.

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Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type


Time Period

Neolithic- Medieval

How is the project area accessed each day


What is the daily schedule for the field school

A normal day at the Bamburgh research Project usually starts at about 7:30am. You get up, sort out your cup of tea and breakfast (everyone is responsible for their own meals) and get dressed and ready for the day. You need to organise your own lunch. You can make sandwiches at the campsite, or buy lunch at the castle tearooms (expensive but tasty!) or you can have a packed lunch made for you for £2.50 if you order it the night before. At 8:30 everyone meets by the student campground to find out their assignments for the week.

We head off to the castle at about 8:30 each morning. Our staff are all licensed, safe drivers, and we use private vehicles and a mini bus to shuttle between our home and worksites. Once we get to work, we wait for our Supervisors to explain the days aims and intentions, and then get to it! We have a morning tea break at 10:30, lunch at 12:30, afternoon tea at 3pm and we head home at 5pm.

We alternate days off on the weekends, so if you work on Saturday you will have Sunday off. On a weekend we leave for the castle at 10:10am, have a break for lunch at midday, and leave by 4:30.

Our lifestyle at camp is quite busy. While you are more than welcome to sit and read a book or watch the ducks in the creek, we are all very sociable! Each week we have a group bbq night (just let us know if you have any dietary requirements), a quiz night and a night at the local pub. Everyone is responsible for their own meals, but we find that sharing your cooking with other students does make life a little easier, and will give you a chance to try a meal that you may not have at home. There is a small supermarket (Co-op) across the street from our campsite, several pubs, and a fish & chip shop.

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation

Directors and Instructors

Graeme Young
Paul Gething

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Students receive tuition in excavation techniques, from trowelling delicate deposits, defining and excavating cut features, sampling deposits, to de-turfing, mattocking and shovelling test pits. We explain the fundamentals of archaeological recording, and show students how to fill out context sheets and registers. We teach scale drawing of site plans and sections. Site photography is another part of this recording tuition. We also teach survey techniques, using the dumpy level, setting out grids and 3D recording of finds and grid points.

Environmental coring survey is conducted by our staff and project participants under the overall direction of Richard Tipping, of Stirling University. Our post-excavation tuition includes environmental sampling techniques, wet -sieving and sorting residues and flots. Sampling and care of waterlogged materials will also be taught. We have an active finds department, and participants will help with the post-excavation processing of all finds, from bulk materials to small finds. They will learn to use the small finds register, learn to recognise different materials and objects and how to process them for storage. Database and archive management is another part of this process.

Participants will be inducted to each site with a health and safety discussion and given a tour of the site and the finds department prior to commencing excavation. Participants can also get involved with our outreach department, filming the site or create entries for our blog and social media output.

On rain days will there be lab work?


Will there be additional organized activities?

Quiz night, BBQ, Lectures, Workshops, Pub night

Will there be additional organized activities?


Is travel restriced during free time?


Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

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