Bannockburn Needs You!

31 May 2013

Become an ARCHAEOLOGIST and help find the BANNOCKBURN BATTLEFIELD – in your own BACKGARDEN…

As part of an on-going archaeology project investigating the battle of Bannockburn, we are looking for volunteers who live in the Bannockburn area to dig small test pits in their back gardens, and to get involved in the Bannockburn Big Dig!

This archaeology work is being undertaken by the National Trust for Scotland in association with Glasgow University’s Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, Stirling Council, GUARD Archaeology Ltd and the BBC. Some elements of the work will be filmed as part of a documentary to be shown in 2014, the 700th anniversary of the battle, presented by Neil Oliver and Tony Pollard.

The Garden Search

Saturday 22nd June – Sunday 23rd June 2013

Location: your back garden

Digging in your back garden may allow us to discover objects lost during or after the fighting in 1314 in areas previously unsearched! This is an exciting way to find out more about Stirling’s history through its artefacts. You will be supervised by experienced archaeologists and guided in hand excavation, finds discovery and identification, recording of discoveries and dating of artefacts (if you find any!). In order to get a geographical spread of gardens across the battlefield we will need to choose which gardens to investigate.

Please email your details and especially your address and postcode to: bannockburnbigdig@nts.org.uk

The Big Dig

Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd June 2013, 10am – 4pm

Location: Braehead field

You could also come and help on one of our areas of more extensive test pitting, where we are seeking larger numbers of volunteers to take part in a mass dig. The main hub will be Braehead field, close to the junction of the Broom Road and Pike Road, beside the Stirling to Falkirk railway line, where a team of experienced archaeologists will be at hand to show you how it's done.

You will also get to experience what the Scottish army might have looked back in 1314 as the Clanranald Trust for Scotland, a medieval re-enactment group, will be setting up camp too!

Spaces to take part in the dig work will be limited and on a first come first served basis, but there will be a range of activity going on throughout the day to observe and take part in.

If you would like to take part in the Big Dig please email your details to: bannockburnbigdig@nts.org.uk

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