Historians Dig Deep to Find Site of Bruce's Battle Banner

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Historians Dig Deep to Find Site of Bruce's Battle Banner


Byline: George Mair

ARCHAEOLOGISTS began searching yesterday for the exact site where Robert the Bruce raised his banner ahead of the Battle of Bannockburn almost 700 years ago.

They also want to find items which may have been buried at the spot, which marks where the Scots camped prior to the decisive victory over Edward II and his English army.

The work is being carried out ahead of construction of a Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre.

The dig team wants to pinpoint the place once occupied by the Borestone, where the Scots king raised his standard.

The stone, which was chipped away by souvenir hunters over the centuries and later removed, lay in the area now marked by a Rotunda, built in 1964.

Derek Alexander, head of archaeological services for the National Trust for Scotland, said: 'The first memorial to the battle was in fact the Borestone itself - a flat stone with a circular hole four inches in diameter and four inches deep. Tradition has it that the Borestone was the socket in which Robert Bruce, King of Scots, raised his standard prior to the battle and marks the site of the Scots camp.

'The site has been visited by tourists since the 18th century, including Robert Burns, and an engraving of 1826 shows it beside the road in an open rural landscape.

'We are hoping that in addition to the position of the Borestone we may find objects dropped or even deliberately placed and left by visitors to the site over the last couple of hundred years.

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