I can only add, Anthony that I have the greatest of respect for Time Team
and the first class archaeology they produce. I take my hat off to them.
The Bamburgh Research Project is planned as a twenty five year project. How
remiss of us. We must be indeed lumpen and numbskulled when compared to the
boys who can do it in three days.
Our own test pitting which has been going for almost two years has only
managed to cover around twenty gardens in Bamburgh, about 20% of the total.
We plan to do the whole village, but it should be finished by the end of
next year. A minimum of two archaeologists are there the whole time. And we
do actually process the finds and write up a report as well as recording to
archaeological industry standards. So far we have discovered an unknown
flint scatter, a variety of medieval activity and lots of post med stuff.
Not much earth shattering there, but enough to give a picture of Bamburgh
when added to the other areas of research we employ and taken as a whole.
It won't happen overnight, but it will give meaningful information.
If you would like to see our results, or at least the ones we have so far,
look on our website www.bamburghresearchproject.co.uk It only costs £3
per minute. Oh no, wait a minute....It's free.
Needless to say I will not be encouraging the people of Bamburgh to
vandalise the archaeology of their wonderful village, nor will I be adding
to my previous statements about Time Team (non of which are defamatory in
any way). But should the people of Bamburgh wish to explore the treasures
of Bamburgh under proper, constant archaeological supervision, they need
only add their name to the list and someone will be round a soon as
possible and it won't cost them a penny.
Bamburgh Research Project