Grant to support carbon dating at cemetery site

Students at work in the trenches of the Bamburgh Research Project at Bamburgh Castle.
Students at work in the trenches of the Bamburgh Research Project at Bamburgh Castle.

A north Northumberland archaeology project has received another welcome funding boost.

Bamburgh Research Project (BRP) has announced that it has received a £1,890 grant from the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership’s Sustainable Development Fund for additional carbon dating of the skeletons from the Bowl Hole early medieval burial ground.

The cemetery site, excavated by the BRP between 1998 and 2007, has since been the subject of intensive scientific analysis by a team at Durham University led by Professor Charlotte Roberts.

BRP is currently working with the Bamburgh Heritage Trust to see the skeletons respectfully re-interred in the crypt at St Aidan’s Church in the village and to produce a new display bringing the research results to the attention of the public.

The new carbon dates will aid the BRP in narrowing down phasing and will greatly add to the ability to interpret the burial site.

l The launch event for the Lindisfarne Community Archaeology project will take place on Sunday, April 17, from 11am to 3pm, at Belford Community Club, in West Street.

The Peregrini Lindisfarne Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, includes a programme of community archaeology, led by The Archaeological Practice Ltd.

Participation in this programme is open to all – no previous experience is required as full training will be given.

The launch event will feature presentations on various aspects of Lindisfarne archaeology, from prehistory to present, by Rob Young, David Petts, Linda Bankier, Peter Ryder, Ian Kille, Richard Carlton and Paul Frodsham.

Entry is free, but places are limited. Contact lindisfarne@archaeologicalpractice.co.uk to book your place.