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Selkirk Castle dig’s first day unearths... a pot of Brylcreem

Cameron Cowens and Demi Clifford of Knowepark Nursery with Ruth Whyte and group leader (with hat on) Charlotte Francoz of Northlight Heritage in Glasgow on an archeological dig at the site where Selkirk Castle used to stand.

Cameron Cowens and Demi Clifford of Knowepark Nursery with Ruth Whyte and group leader (with hat on) Charlotte Francoz of Northlight Heritage in Glasgow on an archeological dig at the site where Selkirk Castle used to stand.

Archaeologists and volunteers started excavation work on Selkirk Castle in woodland at The Haining estate this week.

Northlight Heritage experts, led by former countryside ranger and Scotland Underwater Hockey representative Katy Firth, and 11 local enthusiasts started four trial trenches at the site of the 11th-14th century ‘motte and bailey’, first built by William the Conqueror, on Wednesday – when Selkirk volunteer Jim Stillie found a jar of Brylcreem.

Selkirk Castle Community Archaeology Project’s Dr Lindsay Neil said: “Other finds were: a glass marble, a portion of Victorian era clay pipe, some pottery yet to be identified and some metal-working slag, suggesting that there was once a forge on the site. It is early days and much more awaits for us to discover.”

The week-long dig ends on Wednesday.

 

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