Community Excavations

Excavations will take place at the Mantle Walls site from the 16th to the 28th of September.

Our excavation aims to confirm the nature, condition and date of the archaeological remains present on site.

If you would like to sign up to volunteer as a digger on site, head over to our contact page.

Public Talks

A programme of public talks will run throughout our project. These talks are listed below. No bookings required for the talks.

Opening talk - Monday 16th September 2019, Ancrum Village Hall, 2pm

Interim results talk - Friday 27th September, Ancrum Village Hall, 3pm

Final results talk - Thursday 31st October, Ancrum Village Hall, 2pm


Throughout the Mantle Walls project we will be offering workshops aimed at giving individuals training in three further aspects of archaeology - conservation, post excavation and archival research. To book your place at one of the workshops below please email

Archival Research - Wednesday 18th September, Harestanes Visitor Centre, 2pm

Post Excavation - Retent Processing - Wednesday 25th September - Ancrum Village Hall, 2pm

Conservation, The Basics - Wednesday 6th November - Ancrum Village Hall, 2pm

Excavation Open Day

On Saturday the 21st of September the Mantle Walls site will be open to visitors to view the excavations and learn a little about what we might have found.

Visitors are welcome onsite between 10am and 4pm and tours will be given throughout the day.

Living History Day

Ancrum & District Heritage Society are pleased to announce that, alongside the Mantle Walls project, they will be hosting a Community Day on Sunday the 22nd of September on the village green in Ancrum from 10am - 4pm.

Come and learn how ceramics were thrown, metal was worked, furniture was made, stone was carved and cloth was woven in the 13th century.

Please follow parking signs or use the regular bus service to Ancrum. Food & drink will be available from Ancrum Pantry & Cross Keys Inn.