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Roadwork Reveals Medieval Village in Scotland

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Scotland medieval village HAMILTON, SCOTLAND—Roadwork in central Scotland has uncovered traces of a medieval site that may be the lost village of Cadzow. “This dig has unearthed two medieval structures, nine medieval coins, gaming pieces, sherds of pottery and lead pistol shot, possibly from the Battle of Bothwell Bridge (1679)—collectively, they provide a rare insight into life in Scotland in the Middle Ages,” Keith Brown, Minister for Infrastructure, Investments and Cities said in a press release. Because the site was in a busy nineteenth-century industrial area, it had been thought that any archaeological evidence had been lost. The site’s two structures are adjacent to a memorial stone which may have been the original home of the 1,000-year-old Netherton Cross, which was moved away from the roadway to Hamilton Old Parish Church in the 1920s. “It’s very unusual to find so many coins in one place. We think it’s possible that people thought it lucky to leave a coin at the religious shrine,” said project director Kevin Mooney. For more on archaeology in Scotland, go to "Viking Treasure Trove."

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