The National Trust for Scotland is holding a community archaeological dig at Inveresk Lodge Garden near Musselburgh next month.
As part of East Lothian Archaeology and Local History Fortnight, volunteers of all ages are being invited along to the banks of the River Esk, the scene of the Battle of Pinkie, September 10, 1547.
The dig will attempt to unearth physical evidence and artefacts remaining from the battle, when Henry VIII’s English forces virtually destroyed a Scottish army of 23,000.
Henry’s goal, which he failed to achieve, was the forced marriage of his son, the future Edward Vl, to Mary Queen of Scots.
Daniel Rhodes, group archeologist for the Trust, said: “Inveresk Lodge Garden is directly behind the line of the advancement of the Scottish troops and their eventual retreat and slaughter.
“We are inviting locals and anyone else with an interest in archaeology to come along and do some digging. There are no age restrictions and no prior experience is necessary.
“People taking part are promised a fascinating time and will be able to learn all about archaeological excavation and help us to discover more about the battle and the historic garden.”
Dig sessions will take place twice daily between September 7 and 11, from 9.30am until noon and from 1pm to 4.30pm. To book a place at the dig call 01620 827408 or email email@example.com