Dig Diaries - Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland
This summer members of the YAC have been joining excavations across the UK, as part of our annual Dig It! competition. Here we find out all about the dig day at Bamburgh Castle.
A team of archaeologists from the Bamburgh Research Project are conducting a research excavation at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland and they invited the YAC along. Three YAC members, Bethany, Myles and Margot joined them for the day.
Margot from Greater Manchester YAC emailed to say 'The dig at Bamburgh Castle with the Bamburgh Research Project team was amazing! We got to work alongside professionals, especially Lauren and Tom. In the morning because it was a little wet we got the opportunity to do some Zoo Archaeology which meant that in the afternoon we were given the chance to identify bones we found ourselves. We were working on an Anglo-Saxon waste pit and there were plenty of bones to find!
We were given a really interesting tour of the grounds and staterooms which brought the site we were working on to life. We learnt about how the castle came to be where it was and about the construction of the original buildings and those which replaced it.
A special bonus was that we were each given our own kit of tools and a bag to use during our day and take home with us (kindly donated by Past Horizons!). I am looking forward to having my own trowel on my next dig with my Bolton/Manchester YAC. We have been on two digs this summer which were also great. Our day at Bamburgh was really hands on, fun and we learned loads. Thanks to the YAC and BRP for the fantastic opportunity. I can’t wait for my next dig!'
Bethany, from Worcestershire YAC with one of her finds from the dig.
Myles from The Auckland Project YAC sent us a Dig Diary about his day.
Myles' Dig Diary
Hi I’m Myles Fairhurst also named the lucky winner of this years Dig It! Competition. I am 10 years old and I love archaeology. The thing that made me interested in the topic was watching archaeology programs and learning more historical facts about how people used to live.
The reason I joined YAC was when I first heard of it I immediately said “Yes! I want to join” because it sounded fun and all the opportunities that I could have to learn more about archaeology from real archeologists. I was so excited when I won the trip to Bamburgh. I’m interested in the Vikings because they attacked Lindisfarne first and then went on to Bamburgh.
The Dig Day
When I got to Bamburgh myself and the other winners of the competition got all of our tools ready for the dig. First, we went inside to do some Zooarchaeology. We cleaned up some animal bones and looked at some coins and brooches. After lunch we got a tour of the castle. Then finally, after all of the rain that was pouring down on us when we were doing the Zooarchaeology and the tour, we got to dig in the trench. I really enjoyed digging in the trench, in fact that was the highlight of the day for me. We found tones of oyster shells and animal bones.
Did you know that if you are walking in a trench when its wet you could potentially damage the archaeology beneath your feet that’s also why we couldn’t dig in the trench on the morning.