Archaeology project gets£2,000 grant

A grant of almost £2,000 has been secured by the Bamburgh Research Project for archaeological work at its Bradford Kaims site.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 15 January, 2017, 07:59
A wooden paddle found by archaeologists at Bradford Kaims.

The funding of £1,992 from the Moray Endowment Fund, of the University of Edinburgh, is for comparative research into the geoarchaeology of burnt mounds and associated soils.

This will allow archaeologists to look in great detail at a larger suite of micromorphological samples from the burnt mounds at the Bradford Kaims, and from the fills of some relict streambeds associated directly with the burnt mound use.

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‘Through this form of study we already know that some of the earlier burnt mounds at the Bradford Kaims were deposited seasonally probably in summer and autumn, and vary widely in their fuel types from small Roundwood charcoal through to grasses and sedges,’ posted the Bamburgh Research Project on its blog.

‘From this, and with our wider landscape analyses, we are able to better understand the movements and activities of people living around the Bradford Kaims in the Neolithic and Bronze Age, and how they interacted with their environment.’

In October, the Bradford Kaims project was also awarded funding grants of £1,500 from Northumberland County Council’s Community Chest scheme and £756 through Heritage at Risk and the county council’s conservation fund to undertake radiocarbon dating.