Dig It! with YAC at Bradford Kaims
A team of archaeologists from the Bamburgh Research Project are working on a mind-blowing prehistoric site in Northumberland this summer. And they would love you to join them on site for a full day working as an archaeologist!
Three lucky young archaeologists will be joining the team on Sunday 2nd July 2017.
During their Dig It! with YAC day our winners will dig, wash finds, and learn other archaeological skills too – in fact, they’ll learn what being an archaeologist is really like!
And that's not all... each of our winners will receive an amazing haversack of archaeological tools from our friends at Past Horizons, complete with their own trowel!
To be in with a chance of winning a full day working with the archaeologists on site at Bradford Kaims on Sunday 2nd July, just answer this question:
What does topography mean? (Hint... read on to find out!)
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember to include your name, age and address.
Closing date: The closing date for this competition has now past
Winners must be free on Sunday 2nd July 2017, and will need to make their own travel arrangements to the site. More information about the Dig It! with YAC day will be sent to our prize winners on Thursday 22nd June by both email and first class post. Please ensure you include your postal address in your entry email.
About Bradford Kaims
The excavations at Bradford Kaims, in north Northumberland, began around eight years ago, led by a team from the Bamburgh Research Project. The team started to explore the prehistoric landscape using testpits, 1m square holes that give us excellent little views into the archaeology.
The Kaims was chosen because of its topography (the shape of the land). It looked like a likely place for where prehistoric communities might have lived. The site sits on the edge of a hill where the clay meets a peat fen. This provides good sources of water and a habitat where wildlife flourished.
The first test pits yielded very little, but eventually a picture began to form of an area where Mesolithic (middle Stone Age), Neolithic (new Stone Age) and Bronze Age people had lived. Eventually, our richest pits were enlarged to make trenches.
The main evidence is from the burnt mounds, which are large dumps of fire-cracked stones used to heat water in an age before pottery was widely used. Stones are heated in a fire. The hot rocks were added to water placed in wooden containers and the heat from the stones heats the water. Both the hot water and the steam can be used for a variety of things, cooking, washing, saunas etc. The size of the burnt mounds, some over 10m in diameter, suggests large-scale activity, conducted over a long period.
Our dating evidence comes from flint and pottery, but we also have carbon dates, placing the sites around 3000 to 4500 BC (up to 6,500 years ago!)
The burnt mounds are also associated with wooden platforms, made from huge piles of brushwood, staked into the peat, which are placed alongside the mounds. Their use is still being debated and investigated, but the preservation in the wetland is amazing.
Check out the photo gallery (below) to see some YAC winners on site at Bradford Kaims