Stirling Heads to be Studied

Sunday Herald: 38 carved oak roundels comprise the "Stirling Heads," a treasure trove of 16th century woodworking thought to be "laden with visual metaphors aimed at visiting dignitaries." For the first time, historians will get the chance to study Stirling Castle's famous carved oak roundels which once adorned Scotland's king's presence chamber. The carvings are being sent to South Gyle Centre in Edinburgh for restoration and study. The plan is to use the information to replicate the heads and install them in the rennovated presence chamber of Stirling Castle. The project should be completed by 2008. Meantime, sculptors and students of historical woodworking techniques will get the chance to study the originals.

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