W2 Archaeology in the News Post

The article that I found is about an archaeological discovery on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in the United Kingdom. The dig, carried out by Peregrini Lindisfarne Community Archaeology project, discovered the foundations of two buildings on the island. The discovery is believed to date back to between the seventh and ninth centuries. The foundations are interesting because they have no mortar holding the blocks together. One of the foundations is believed to be part of one of the two churches built on the island. The other foundation is believed to be from the watchtower built near the priory. The watchtower foundation has attracted the attention of many of the archaeologists working on the site because it may be the watchtower mentioned by the Venerable Bede in his Life of St. Cuthbert.

The Lidisfarne dig is a great example of public archaeology. The Peregrini project is working to preserve the cultural and religious heritage of the island. The project is also open to the public and volunteers are welcome to take part in the dig . A spokeswoman for the project said “Community participation is at the heart of the Peregrini project.” The leaders of the project enjoy the opportunity to educate the public on their work and the culture of the island.

Article: Archaeologists find St. Cuthbert’s Tower

Date: 12 July 2016

Source: Berwick Advertiser (local newspaper)

3 thoughts on “W2 Archaeology in the News Post

  1. I find it very intriguing that the two structures found did not use any type of mortar substance to hold the structure together. It would be very interesting to know who built these structures so we could gain further knowledge as to their building styles. What I might ask the archaeologists in charge of this dig is if any volunteers have helped out in the origin of some of the artifacts found. As we have seen in the excavation of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, locals can offer great help in identifying artifacts and their possible uses during different time periods. Just as the Native Americans around the Colorado River, maybe locals around this site could offer their prior knowledge about the history of artifacts at this site.

  2. The old findings of two buildings that existed so long ago is astounding in itself. To be able to discover a site that existed many millennia ago shows how time might not have played a major role in weathering down the site to nothing but rubble. Even to identify old buildings such as these is interesting; to discover an old church on the Holy Island in the United Kingdom that has existed for this long can be attributed to how far modern archaeology has come in the sense to still be able to discover and preserve sites such as this and other ones. Overall, this is a great discovery and can further increase our knowledge of the past.

  3. Scott, the project seems very interesting, since it dates back such a long time ago. It would be interesting to learn more about these kinds of projects, since sites dating this far back are most likely less common. It is great that they are working to preserve the culture of the island, and that the public is able to not only learn about and watch the process, but also participate in the process themselves. As I said in my post, I believe that community participation and support is incredibly important, and this project helps to further that focus of making archaeological work better known to the public.

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