Sunday, 23 March 2014

Dig at Scottish Abbey yields 600 year old coins


Coins from the rules of Henry III and Edward I and II, minted in London between the 13th and 14th centuries, could have been the spoils of battle swiped from the pockets of the defeated English army at Bannockburn, say archaeologists investigating 17 acres of land around Cambuskenneth Abbey. 


Coins found at Cambuskenneth Abbey could be the spoils of war from the Battle of Bannockburn say archaeologists [Credit: © GUARD Archaeology] 

Working at one of the few places singled out in contemporary accounts of the Battle of Bannockburn, metal detectorists, geophysicists, historians and poets have been exploring the Abbey where Robert the Bruce kept his army’s baggage before the battle. Founded by David I in 1140 the site was originally known as the Abbey of St Mary of Stirling.

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