Dig unearths catapult ball
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.