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1,400 years ago Bamburgh Castle was center of ‘Northumbrian enlightenment’, hosting visitors from as far as North Africa

1,400 years ago Bamburgh Castle was center of ‘Northumbrian enlightenment’, hosting visitors from as far as North Africa

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While most of Britain was in the ‘Dark Ages’ one area was playing host to visitors from across Europe and having its own local ‘enlightenment’, researchers studying bones uncovered near Bamburgh Castle claim. Over the past 20 years, experts from Durham University have been studying the remains of 110 Anglo-Saxons found buried near the Northumberland castle. They were found between 1998 and 2007 under the dunes just south of the Bamburgh Castle but were likely buried 1,400 years earlier. Researchers say the remains belonged to people from across the British Isles and particularly western Scotland but were all likely of a high status within the court during what historians call the ‘Golden age of Northumbria’. Comment: This seems to validate other finds: Fascinating discoveries suggest Isle of May was a healing centre for hundreds of years
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