Chance to Dig Deep and Help Unearth History; People Invited to Contribute to Famous Castle's Archaeology Project

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Byline: Brian Daniel? 07733 002 822 ?

AN annual archaeology dig at a Northumberland castle is to be funded through an innovative new approach. The Bamburgh Research Project, which carries out archaeological excavations at the village landmark, is to use crowdsourcing - whereby people are invited to make donations online - to fund this year's dig.

The project, a not-for-profit archaeological research team, has been investigating Bamburgh Castle and its landscape since 1996. The 2013 dig takes place from June 3 to July 28.

As ever, the project's team of four professional archaeologists will be joined by students and volunteers.

Participants stay in the area while the project is ongoing and will this year be camped at Belford's Bluebell Farm.

Project bosses have decided to use the new funding approach, whereby people can contribute to the cost of the dig by visiting They have set a target of PS10,000 with people able to contribute until May 31.

Archaeological director Graeme Young said: "It is our first ever foray into crowdsourcing.

I gather it is becoming increasingly popular so we are keeping our fingers crossed. …


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