Volunteers sought to help with archaeological dig

The Flodden 1513 team are looking for another team of volunteers to unearth some more of the story behind the Battle of Flodden.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 28th April 2013, 6:27 am
Dig team at the Norham excavation site
Dig team at the Norham excavation site

This follows on from the hugely successful dig at Norham Castle in April and the second Flodden 1513 Archaeology Excavation dig, will take place at Ladykirk in Berwickshire from May 4–14.

During the dig, volunteers will investigate the fields between Ladykirk Church and the River Tweed and to the east of the Church.

Any findings will form part of the wider Flodden 1513 project to commemorate the 500th anniversary of this important battle.

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As full training will be given, no previous experience is necessary just a willingness to roll up your sleeves and join in.

The aim of this particular dig is to investigate features which were identified during geophysical surveys in the spring of 2012.

These include two possible gun emplacements on the edge of the river terrace, and the remains of an 18th Century farm steading to the east of the church.

The steading, though later than the period of the battle, will be interesting to dig and is being investigated with the aim of establishing whether there are earlier buildings possibly relating to James IV’s use of the site and maybe the construction of the church still surviving under the remains of the later buildings.

Chris Burgess, Flodden 1513 archaeological manager, explained: “As the dig at Norham Castle proved so popular, I am really keen to progress to the Ladykirk site to look for further artefacts and evidence to give us a clearer idea of what transpired at Flodden.”

Chris is also planning further excavations at Flodden Hill as well as some back garden digs in Branxton and Crookham.

To help with the projects volunteers will also be able to attend training in metal detecting, finds handling and recording, archaeological illustration and surveying.

To reserve a place on the Ladykirk dig, please email [email protected] quoting Ladykirk dig in the subject line.

To ensure that you have the necessary insurance, anyone working on the dig will need to be a member of Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS) or take out its annual ‘field work’ membership cost £2.