Community Excavations

Excavations took place at the Mantle Walls site from the 16th to the 27th of September.

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

We would like to thank all of our volunteers and hope to see you all again at our future projects. If you have any feedback regarding your experience, please find out contact details here.

Public Talks

We were delighted with the turnout for our Interim Results Talk on the 27th of September. Following the completion of the initial data report, project manager Jessica Lowther will return to the Village Hall in Ancrum on Monday the 4th of November to present a further talk on the excavation results.

Results pertaining to finds analysis and sample processing will be available after the post-excavation programme of works has been completed.


Throughout the Mantle Walls project AOC offered workshops aimed at giving individuals training in three further aspects of archaeology - conservation, post excavation and archival research. These were:

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

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

To book your place at our remaining workshop below please email

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

Excavation Open Day

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

With tours running throughout out the day, we were delighted to have engaged with over 200 members of the public, who had travelled from near and far, to find out about the dig and what could have been a Bishop of Glasgow's Palace on site,

Living History Day

Alongside the Mantle Walls project, Ancrum & District Heritage Society hosted a Community Day on Sunday the 22nd of September on the village green in Ancrum.

Despite poor weather, we had a steady flow of visitors throughout the day who had come to learn how ceramics were thrown, metal was worked, furniture was made, stone was carved and cloth was woven in the 13th century. We would like to thank the specialist crafters for their interesting demonstrations and the members of the society who ensured that the day ran smoothly.