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Bullets, Ballistas, and Burnswark: A Roman Assault on a Hillfort in Scotland

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Written by Trimontium Trust Chairman John Reid, this is a seven page article in Current Archaeology magazine. It talks about Burnswark Hill and the Trimontium Trust’s renewed interest in the site’s significance. The article debates the conflicting views of the purpose of the site: was it an area for the Romans to practice and hone their military skills, or was it a siege camp?

The article shines a spotlight on the Trimontium Trust’s 2015 study of the Burnswark site. The works undertaken at the site used metal detectors to construct a systematic survey of the area. This has led to a better understanding of the distribution of lead sling bullets found at the site. It also provides an insight into the fabric of these bullets, as well as the camp’s true shape and structure.

 
 
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