Dig hopes to uncover bones of 14th century Scottish bishop

A team of archaeologists is hoping to find the remains of Bernard of Kilwinning, the 14th century Scottish bishop who drafted the Declaration of Arbroath. The team is excavating a medieval monastery in the Ayrshire town of Kilwinning.

“He is a huge figure in Scottish history there’s no doubt about that,” said local historian Gardner McLachlan about the bishop whose Declaration is "the first document that enshrines the idea that the people of the country are sovereign, rather than the governing monarch or anyone else.”

To date, the team has unearthed "mediaeval and post-mediaeval pottery, a slate inscribed with a Morelles board (a counter-based game played as far back as 1440BC) and has located the line of the arcade, the covered walkway around the church’s cloister."