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Battle of Bosworth site

Last Updated: Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 12:17

Zeenews Bureau

Leicestershire: The long dispute over the exact site where the Battle of Bosworth was fought has finally been resolved. Five hundred years of searching for one of Britain`s most significant battlefields has finally ended with the discovery of "extraordinary and unexpected" pieces of artillery in a Leicestershire field.
The discoveries near Market Bosworth at last pin down the notoriously "wandering site" of the battle that overthrew Richard III – the last English king to die at the head of an army – and established the Tudor dynasty and the modern state.

A group of archaeologists unveiled 22 primitive pistol bullets and cannonballs, alongside soil surveys and data from metal detection over 2.7 square miles.

The findings arise from an overlooked trough of rolling countryside two miles from the previously most widely accepted battlefield, below Ambion Hill.

The scale of the ammunition found at the sight transforms the battle of Bosworth`s significance from a national landmark to international importance.

Glenn Foard, who led the £1m three-year survey for the Battlefields Trust, said: "We are seeing here the origins of firepower which led to an empire spanning the globe. Now this needs to be explored on every battlefield of the period in Europe."

Pictures of stalwart yeomen with bows and arrows have been instantly outdated by the find, which shows how the battle, in 1485, was a change from previous encounters in the Wars of the Roses.

First Published: Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 12:17
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