Anglican News from Bamburgh

Chair designer Jo Kirton trying the in-progress chair out. From the Bamburgh Research Project Blog.

Bamburgh Research Project and Time Team are announcing the discovery of an Anglo-Saxon hall on top of Bamburgh Rock within the grounds of the current castle. The video below has the most details of what was found actually last summer.

The Bamburgh Research Project team and Time Team has also reconstructed a stone chair based on fragments found at the site. They believe the chair dates to about 800 AD. Check out their blog post detailing the chair’s design and construction. A more recent news article on the chair with a better picture can be found here. When finished, it appears that the chair will be available on the grounds of Bamburgh Castle for people to try out (and not doubt get their picture taken in).

This You-Tube video is of a 40-minute lecture given by Graeme Young of the Bamburgh Research Project on the finds up to  2010  at Bamburgh. It seems that Bamburgh was virtually continuously occupied since neolithic times. With a little luck it looks like they will get a continuous sequence of artifacts from neolithic through Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Norman and later times. So much for the idea that modern castles destroy the site for later archaeology.

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5 comments on “Anglican News from Bamburgh

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  2. badonicus says:

    Thanks for posting this Michelle. Happy memories also for me of visiting this incredible castle from my home in Co. Durham.

  3. badonicus says:

    Watched the Time Team episode. Very interesting. Now I’m going to have to get back up to the northeast and visit.

  4. esmeraldamac says:

    I guess the problem is that archaeology always destroys something, and we don’t want to destroy the medieval to get at the layers underneath! I guess the sites at places like Bamburgh, Tintagel and Scarborough are so extraordinary that anyone living in the area is going to have a settlement right there, throughout history into prehistory.

    • There is plenty of neolithic around to explore at Bamburgh. I know Graeme Young told me years ago that their are barrows off to the side of the Anglo-British cemetery (post-Roman). I think he thought that the barrows were pre-Roman. I imagine there was plenty of settlement where the village is now also. I think Bamburgh probably always was an important port for boats that beach.

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