Remains of 5 individuals killed in battle found under castle

Published on May 27th, 2011 | by Admin


The remains of five people have been found under the Royal Chapel at Stirling Castle in Scotland, including a woman “Amazon” killed by a warhammer during the Wars of Independence.

Peter Yeoman, Historic Scotland’s head of cultural heritage, said yesterday that the new discoveries about the grim fate of the lady and the four other skeletons found beneath the royal chapel were remarkable.

He said: “This discovery is unique in Scottish archaeology. And it opens up a new area of understanding of gender roles in battle.”

He added: “It is extraordinary to find a group of individuals from the 1300s who are all exhibiting terrible wounds from death in battle. But then to find a woman among the group allows us to speculate on matters that otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to imagine.

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