The History of Leith

December 1, 2007

British Isles Coast Gallery

Bamburgh is one of the most spectacular of England’s coastal castles, with a long and complex history.

Some important early medieval archaeology survives below the Norman castle that we see today. Excavations in the 1970s and more recently show that the site was one of the key strongholds of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria. The outcrop of basalt rock (known as the Whin Sill) on which it is built was occupied from around AD 500, and recent excavations have revealed part of what may be the entrance of the early structure, and the stonewall that defended it. for more click here

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