The Bamburgh Bones partnership are thrilled to announce that it hs been nominated in the Research Project of the Year category for the 2021 Current Archaeology Awards.

Each year the nominiations are based on projects featured within Current Archaeology over the last 12 months – the Bamburgh Bones project featured in the Magazine at the beginning of the year to coincide with the opening of the cyrpt and associated digital ossuary to the public.

The award is decided by public vote and they are urging everybody to go online and vote for the project at Voting is open until 8 February and the winners will be announced during the virtual Current Archaeology Live! Conference on 26-27 February.

The nomination is a fabulous recognition of many people’s hard work over the last twenty years: from all the excavators and supporters to Professor Charlotte Roberts of Durham University and Graeme Young, Dr Jo Kirton and the Bamburgh Research Project staff and volunteers. The many years of excavation, analysis and research culminated last year in the creation of the Bamburgh Ossuary in the beautiful 12th Century crypt of St Aidan’s Church.

The second crypt, viewed from a new platform, houses 110 individual zinc charnel boxes each containing an Anglo-Saxon ancestor excavated from the Bowl Hole. Interpretive displays and animation together with a unique interactive digital ossuary at St Aidan’s Church and online – - tells the story of 110 skeletons dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries unearthed from what is believed to be the burial ground for the royal court of Northumbria.

Now, with the help of technology, the secrets these people took to their graves 1,400 years ago have been unlocked and brought to life for a 21st century audience thanks to a £355,600 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and support from Northumberland County Council, and the beautiful 12th century crypt of St Aidan’s church is open to the public once again. The Bamburgh Bones project is a collaboration between the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, St Aidan’s Parochial Church Council, Durham University, Bamburgh Research Project and Bamburgh Heritage Trust.