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Title: Reconstructing Battles and Battlefields: Scientific Solutions to Historical Problems at Bannockburn, Scotland
Author(s): Tipping, Richard
Cook, Gordon
Mauquoy, Dmitri
Beresford, Aden
Hamilton, Derek
Harrison, John
Jordan, Jason
Ledger, Paul
Morrison, Stuart
Paterson, Danny
Russell, Nicola
Smith, David
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Issue Date: Nov-2014
Date Deposited: 7-Oct-2015
Citation: Tipping R, Cook G, Mauquoy D, Beresford A, Hamilton D, Harrison J, Jordan J, Ledger P, Morrison S, Paterson D, Russell N & Smith D (2014) Reconstructing Battles and Battlefields: Scientific Solutions to Historical Problems at Bannockburn, Scotland. Landscapes, 15 (2), pp. 119-131.
Abstract: The need for scientists to add objective data to historical studies is argued using as a case study the battle of Bannockburn in 1314. The terrain was critical in this battle, as in so many others, but cannot be understood from the few primary sources, which are not contemporary and are strongly biased. Scientific techniques can cut through hyperbole. The methodology and techniques used to better understand the landscape around the battle are briefly discussed, particularly new advances in radiocarbon dating which enable analysis to approach the chronological precision of the archaeologist, if not the historian. Our data are argued to have clarified muddled interpretations.
DOI Link: 10.1179/1466203514Z.00000000030
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