Archaeologists dig test pits at Bannockburn ahead of new battlefield visitor centre

By Culture24 Reporter | 03 October 2011
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a photo of a statue of Robert the Bruce on horesback framed by two trees and a sunset at the Battle of Bannockburn battlefield site
The statue of Robert the Bruce at the Bannockburn battlefield site© Historic Scotland
The work to improve the visitor experience and interpretation at one of Scotland’s most important historic sites took a step closer today as archaeologists began digging test pits on the site of the proposed new visitor centre at the Bannockburn battlefield site.  

Due to open in 2014 in time for the 700th anniversary of the battle, the new centre will enhance the presentation and interpretation of the major clash of arms that saw the armies of Robert the Bruce defeat the English army of Edward II.  

The victory in June 1314 paved the way for Scottish independence and strengthened the position of the Bruce as king of Scotland.  

Archaeologist are now preparing to dig a series of trial trenches across the car park area in the hope of uncovering evidence of the Roman Road which is thought to travel through the site.

"In the 19th century, the Ordnance Survey map makers drew the line of the potential Roman Road running through this area and it is likely that Edward II's army would have advanced along this route," explained Derek Alexander, Head of Archaeological Services at the National Trust for Scotland.

"The survey will hopefully identify any linear features which may be a trackway or road and old field boundaries. It may also locate pits associated with camp of the Scots army."

The trial trenches within the car park area will test features located by a geophysical survey and will also prospect for other interesting features that may shed more light on the topography and progress of the battle.
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