Archaeologists and volunteers finished excavating Selkirk Castle in The Haining estate’s woodland this week.
Project director Charlotte Francoz of Northlight Heritage told us: “We’ve found evidence of activity, if not structure.”
Thick clay deposits atop the mott suggest its watchtower was made of wood, and rotted over centuries of rain, which washed any artifacts down the slope, where strategic trenches unearthed a medieval spindle whorl and green-glazed pottery shard within, respectively, David I’s bailey and Edward I’s extended ramparts.
“We had to limit the number of volunteers, because there was so much interest from the community,” Ms Francoz said. Selkirk volunteer Jim Stillie said he’d enjoyed learning about archaeology, but not so much the heavy digging to shift tonnes of soil. “We haven’t got a digger, we’ve only got mattocks and shovels,” he said, “it makes you appreciate Time Team.”