Youngsters unearth history at Bamburgh

Three budding young archaeologists joined an archaeological team from the Bamburgh Research Project on site at Bamburgh Castle on Saturday.

Saturday, 16th July 2016, 07:58 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th July 2016, 12:02 pm
Maddison at the Bamburgh dig

Maddison, eight, from near Berwick, James, 11, from near Morpeth, and Jack, 14, from East Ayrshire, all enjoyed a busy day working alongside the archaeologists on the project.

They won the chance to work on the site thanks to a competition on the Young Archaeologists’ Club website.

Bamburgh Castle early evening, Bamburgh, Northumberland.

Bamburgh dates from Anglo-Saxon times, with the first written record of the castle made in 547.

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The winning archaeologists were working on layers of the site dating to the Anglo-Saxon period from around the 9th century AD. They excavated, cleaned and catalogued archaeological finds, and had a go at wet sieving soil samples with a flotation tank to uncover tiny pieces of environmental evidence.

Finds made by the budding diggers included animal bones and teeth. The star find of the day was uncovered by James: An iron object that the archaeologists believe may be a 9th-century belt buckle.

Nicky Milsted, from the Young Archaeologists’ Club, said: “Maddison, James and Jack were very enthusiastic about their archaeological experience, despite the British summer downpour!

Bamburgh Castle early evening, Bamburgh, Northumberland.

“They thoroughly enjoyed the unique opportunity to get their hands dirty digging on a real excavation. They were made to feel like a vital part of the team and their work will contribute to the archaeological record for this incredible site.”

Maddison added: “The most interesting thing that I learnt was how to catalogue and clean finds. My favourite thing was digging and learning about different materials.”