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New archaeological find could help shed light on the history of Edinburgh castle

An excavation in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh, has unearthed rare remains of a large carved stone similar to a cannon ball, dating to the 13th century
Archaeologist Samuel Kinirons with the find

The Grassmarket is a street in Edinburgh’s Old Town that runs along the side of the castle and parallel to the start of the Royal Mile. It is thought the ball was launched from a large wooden catapult (trebuchet), either from or towards the ramparts of Edinburgh castle in the period of the siege of Edinburgh in 1296, an event that saw Edward I of England capture the castle and hold it under English rule for eighteen years, plundering treasure from across Scotland, including the Stone of Destiny, in the process.

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The March/April issue of History Scotland is packed full of the latest research news and in-depth reads from experts in the fields of Scottish history, heritage and archaeology. Highlights include: 'The Stewart Queens of Scotland: Margaret of Denmark. New research on the life of Margaret, who reigned alongside James III of Scots Scottish coastal history: a wide-ranging overview of Scotland’s coastline over the centuries A guide to Agricola’s campaign in Scotland Curator review of the new Ancient Egypt Rediscovered gallery at National Museum of Scotland Underwater archaeology at Loch Tay New excavations at the prison of Mary Queen of Scots in Sheffield Castle Plus: Family history advice, archaeology dig reports and finds analysis, history of art series and lots more…​