Metal bird of ‘national significance’ is found in grounds of Bamburgh Castle

Started by gash, May 24, 2017, 10:43:58 pm

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The discovery of a tiny metal bird in a dig at a castle site which was once a royal capital has set archaeologists a-flutter.

The intricate copper alloy representation of a bird, thought to date from the 8th century, was unearthed during excavations at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland.

The site of Bamburgh Castle has been occupied for more than 2,000 years and between the 6th and 9th centuries AD was one of the principal palace sites of the kings of Northumbria.

It later became the stronghold of the earls of Northumberland until the end of the 12th century.

The bird has been described as unique and a find of national significance.

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