Pottery finds key to mapping Flodden sites

Community volunteers and keen amateur archaeologists have been uncovering historical finds from sites around the Flodden battlefield.

Their work was undertaken as part of the Fodden 1513 Ecomuseum project, and is set to continue with free events through the autumn, concentrating on pottery finds.

The next pottery workshop, open to all, will be held on Saturday, September 10, at Coldstream Museum.

Throughout the Flodden 500 project, volunteers have taken part in excavations uncovering a range of pottery from prehistoric to modern times.

Richard Carlton, a specialist in pottery technology and a potter himself, who has been involved in many of the excavations, will lead the workshop.

He will begin by introducing the variety of pottery that is typical of the area, before showing some of the best examples of the pottery found over the recent years by community volunteers.

This will be followed by a demonstration of the different stages involved in pottery-making, and there will also be the opportunity for people to roll up their sleeves and have a go on a potter’s wheel.

“This is a great opportunity for people to come along and learn all about the pottery we have unearthed throughout of the project,” said Alistair Bowden, part of the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum project.

“Many volunteers have given their time and have discovered some pieces of real interest.”

He addded: “These workshops are always hugely popular, so I would urge anyone wishing to get involved, to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”

Similar events are also scheduled to take place throughout October. The second in the programme will be a workshop on flint tools hosted by Dr. Rob Young, where participants will have the chance to do some flint knapping. This will be followed by an event on October 22, led by Dr. David Caldwell, looking at military objects, including a demonstration of period weaponry by Dr. John Sadler.