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Battle for Burnswark

For the last four years, with the help of Heritage Lottery Fund, Trimontium Trust has been re-investigating the actions of the Roman army at the controversial site of Burnswark Hill in Dumfriesshire.

The site consists of two still impressive Roman camps which flank an 18 acre native hillfort on the summit of the hill which commands the northern aspect of the Solway Plain.

Previous interpretations led early investigators to suggest the site was a siege complex but in the 1960s this was rejected in favour of a non-conflict scenario. Latterly, following excavations in the late 60s and early 70s, this had developed into a full-blown Roman training camp hypothesis. This hypothesis was not universally accepted and more work was recommended by ScARF (Scottish Archaeological Research Framework).

The advent of techniques used in battlefield archaeology (particularly metal detection of projectiles) has allowed the Trust to take a fresh look at the site and uncover spectacular new data. This includes novel discoveries about the ballistic capabilities of the Roman Army. Come along to the Trust and learn more about this amazing site.

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