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Bonnie Prince Charlie's Culloden battle hoard found
Dating a musket ball
A stash of musket balls which are believed to have been sent to Bonnie Prince Charlie during the last Jacobite rising have been found near a Highland loch. A search by amateur archaeologists from the Conflicts of Interest group made the discovery at Sandaig on the north side of Loch nan Uamh in Lochaber. It is understood that the ammunition landed by boat on April 30 , around a fortnight after the Jacobites lost at the Battle of Culloden, with the hoard distributed and hidden locally. The complete hoard included musket balls and a number of gold and silver gilt buttons and coins , as well as some other non-ferrous items, Mr Macdonald added.
Archaeologists uncover remains of 16th century manor house gardens
The surprise find by British and Dutch archeologists, digging alongside 25 military veterans, opens up a new understanding of how the Mont-St-Jean field hospital was engulfed by war on 18 June The pioneering archaeological survey has been expanded as a result of the discoveries, which includes 58 musket balls unearthed this Monday alone. About 6, wounded men are believed to have passed through the makeshift hospital during the Battle of Waterloo to receive primitive medical care for their injuries, including amputations without anaesthetic. A six-pound cast iron French cannon ball found on the site is believed to have been fired late in the day of the battle, at about 6pm when French troops captured the farm of La Haye Sainte. At that point the French were closest they would ever get to victory and able to bring up horse artillery batteries of the Imperial Guard to bombard the allied lines with round shot and canister from very close range, causing devastating casualties.
The initial spark of the first beep, leading to the building excitement as the signal gets stronger and the target gets closer, then the first glimpse …. Curiosity emerges, and a deeper interest starts to form — what was it doing there? How did it get there? Where did it come from and who might have put it there? How does it relate to any other pieces that came up nearby?