Meet the Team
Graeme Young, Director
Graeme Young is a graduate of Newcastle University and began excavating in 1988. He has excavated sites across the UK and worked for a period in Africa. A founder member of the BRP, Graeme has directed excavations on Lindisfarne and in Newcastle and Durham prior to leading the archaeological research at Bamburgh Castle.
His particular interest is the Anglo-Saxon and Medieval archaeology of Northumberland, but he has been known to stoop to prehistory on occasion.
He is the author of the book, ‘Bamburgh Castle: the Archaeology of the Fortress of Bamburgh AD 500 to AD 1500’
Dr Joanne Kirton, Director
Joanne is the newest Director to the project having been invited to the post in 2015. She first joined the BRP as a Durham undergrad student in 2005 but has since worked in a number of supervisory roles within the project at both Bamburgh Castle and the Bradford Kaims.
Outside of the project Joanne completed her PhD in 2016, which specifically focused on the early medieval landscape of North West England. She now works for the Council for British Archaeology as their Youth Engagement Manager, having previously worked as a project manager for four years, developing and delivering archaeology and heritage projects throughout Cheshire and Wirral. Joanne is also a Research Associate with the History and Archaeology Department of Chester University, a ACIfA member of the Chartered Institute of Field Archaeologists and the Administrator for the Enabled Archaeology Foundation.
She is the co-editor of the the book, Early Medieval Stone Monuments; Materiality, Biography and Landscape
Paul Gething, Director
Paul began excavating in 1987 in Coventry. Since then he has worked in the Middle East, North Africa, France, Spain and the length and breadth of the UK. Paul has excavated and surveyed on sites ranging from Palaeolithic, through to modern industrial sites and pretty much everything in between. He was a founder member of the BRP back in 1997 when it began is first fieldwork season. He has worked in the Castle, Bowl Hole, Barrows, garden project and is currently the director of the Bradford Kaims Wetland Project as well as a project director.
Paul studied Archaeological Science at the University of Sheffield, and post graduate Law at the University of Northumbria.
Outside of the project Paul divides his archaeological time between experimental work, (smelting, blade-smithing and jewellery making techniques) and writing. He has written for History, Current Archaeology, The Great Outdoors and Time Out. His most recent book is Northumbria: The Lost kingdom.
Clare Henderson, Director
Clare Henderson is a graduate of Newcastle University and joined the BRP in 2000. She is a highly experienced field archaeologist whose research interests include the archaeology of the lead mining industry.