Digging up castle’s past

Norham Castle
Norham Castle

Volunteers are wanted to quite literally unearth more of the story behind the Battle of Flodden with a dig around Norham Castle.

The castle was seized by Scottish troops as they crossed the border 500 years ago and volunteers are required to survey the field immediately to the south.

They will investigate the features identified in a geophysical survey carried out last May to ascertain if any of them can be directly attributed to the 1513 siege.

Chris Burgess, Flodden 1513 archaeological manager, Chris Burgess, said: “We know that after they crossed the border, James IV and his army beseiged and partly destroyed Norham Castle so we are keen to find any artefacts or evidence associated with these events.”

If you are interested in helping out between April 6-16, email Chris at Flodden500@gmail.com. For insurance purposes, anyone on the dig must be a member of Till Valley Archaeological Society or take out its annual ‘field work’ membership costing £2.