Three wooden stakes, long thought to have been the only surviving artifacts
from Scotland's Battle of Bannockburn, have recently been dated and proven to
be much older than the 13th century battle.
Legend says that Scottish wit foiled the British at the Battle of Bannockburn,
where fighters under the command of Robert the Bruce used wooden stakes planted
into the ground to impale the British cavalry. Three stakes, displayed at
Stirling's Smith Art Gallery and Museum, were long thought to have been stakes
from the battle, but new research methods may have proved them to be much
older. Carbon-dating places the age of the wood at 6,000 B.C.E.
"The chances of Bruce?s men finding the wood over 7,000 years later and
recycling it as spikes are highly remote," said Dr Tony Pollard of Glasgow
Local historians are not pleased but as one archaeologists said, archaeology is
as much about debunking as discovery.
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