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Archaeologists are searching the grounds of a police headquarters for
historic evidence of the Battle of Bannockburn and a Roman road.
Experts believe they are located at Central Scotland Police
headquarters in Randolphfield, Stirling. Archaeologists from Stirling
Council believe the land is of historical importance.
geophysical survey is being carried out over an area surrounding two
standing stones in front of the building. The stones are said to
commemorate or may have been used in a skirmish during the Battle of
Bannockburn in 1314.
Thomas Randolph, the Earl of Moray, led 500 Scottish horsemen into
battle against a troop of English cavalry, under the command of Sir
Robert Clifford. The skirmish was won by Randolph and the area,
Randolphfield, was named after him.
Bone-bothering boffins have uncovered a massive Roman mosaic in southern
Turkey, proving that the ancient Empire's influence reached far into
The humungous mosaic, uncovered by a farmer in his field next to a
still-standing bathing structure, is 1,600 square feet of meticulously
crafted workmanship. It was built at the height of the Roman Empire's
power in the third and fourth centuries AD.
"This region is not well understood in terms of history and archaeology," says University of Nebraska-Lincoln prof Michael Hoff.
"It's not a place in which archaeologists have spent a lot of time,
so everything we find adds more evidence to our understanding of this
area of the Roman Empire.
ARCHAEOLOGISTS surveying the world’s most northerly Roman fort have found an ancient pub.
The discovery, outside the walls of the fort at
Stracathro, near Brechin, Angus, could challenge the long-held
assumption that Caledonian tribes would never have rubbed shoulders with
the Roman invaders.
Indeed, it lends support to the existence of
a more complicated and convivial relationship than previously
envisaged, akin to that enjoyed with his patrician masters by the
wine-swilling slave Lurcio, played by comedy legend Frankie Howerd, in
the classic late 1970s television show Up Pompeii!.
Stracathro Fort was at the end of the Gask Ridge, a line of forts and watchtowers stretching from Doune, near Stirling.
The system is thought to be the earliest Roman land frontier, built around AD70 – 50 years before Hadrian’s Wall.
An image of the theatre at Interamna Lirenas, in Southern Lazio,
which emerged from the latest study. The grey background shows the
magnetrometry image which revealed that a large building was on that
spot. The white square is taken from a Ground Penetrating Radar survey
(GPR) which showed the shape and dimensions of the building in more
detail. This revealed it to be a Roman theatre, marked in yellow
[Credit: University of Cambridge]
ancient Italian town, which disappeared after its abandonment 1,500
years ago and now lies buried underground, has been mapped by
researchers, revealing the location of its theatre, marketplace and
founded as a Roman colony in the 4th century BCE, the site of Interamna
Lirenas lies in the Liri Valley in Southern Lazio, about 50 miles south
of Rome itself. After it was abandoned around the year 500 CE, it was
scavenged for building materials and, over time, its remains were
completely lost from view. Today, the site is an uninterrupted stretch
of farmland, with no recognisable archaeological features.