Dig un­earths cat­a­pult ball

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

AR­CHAE­OL­O­GISTS have un­earthed a large stone ball thought to have been launched from a pow­er­ful me­dieval cat­a­pult dur­ing a siege of Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle.

The large carved stone looks like a can­non ball but has been dated to the 13th cen­tury, more than 200 years be­fore the in­tro­duc­tion of gun­pow­der or can­nons in Scot­land.

It was found dur­ing ex­ca­va­tions at the Grass­mar­ket in Ed­in­burgh as ar­chae­ol­o­gists in­ves­ti­gate the site, ear­marked for Europe’s first Vir­gin Ho­tel.

It is thought the ball was launched from a large wooden cat­a­pult known as a tre­buchet, ei­ther from or to­wards the ram­parts of Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle dur­ing Ed­ward I’s Siege of Ed­in­burgh in 1296.

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