Reconstructing battles and battlefields: scientific solutions to historical problems at Bannockburn, Scotland

Tipping, R. et al. (2014) Reconstructing battles and battlefields: scientific solutions to historical problems at Bannockburn, Scotland. Landscapes, 15(2), pp. 119-131. (doi:10.1179/1466203514Z.00000000030)

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Abstract

The need for scientists to add objective data to historical studies is argued using as a case study the battle of Bannockburn in 1314. The terrain was critical in this battle, as in so many others, but cannot be understood from the few primary sources, which are not contemporary and are strongly biased. Scientific techniques can cut through hyperbole. The methodology and techniques used to better understand the landscape around the battle are briefly discussed, particularly new advances in radiocarbon dating which enable analysis to approach the chronological precision of the archaeologist, if not the historian. Our data are argued to have clarified muddled interpretations.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hamilton, Dr William and Russell, Dr Nicola
Authors: Tipping, R., Cook, G., Mauquoy, D., Beresford, A., Hamilton, D., Harrison, J.G., Jordan, J., Ledger, P., Morrison, S., Patterson, D., Russell, N., and Smith, D.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Landscapes
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:1466-2035
Published Online:29 October 2014

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