One of the most popular public archaeology events in Scotland is back this June.

Conservation charity the National Trust for Scotland is running its popular Bannockburn Big Dig event on Sunday, June 19, as the 702nd anniversary of the battle approaches.

Robert the Bruce and Edward II’s armies clashed at Bannockburn on June 23-24, 1314 in a battle over Stirling Castle.

Debate still rages over the exact location of the battlefield and to date, little archaeological evidence has been found from the period.

The charity is searching for evidence that can help pinpoint where Robert the Bruce’s army camped ahead of the 1314 battle. It is said that Bruce raised his standard on the night before battle on the spot where the Rotunda now stands.

The Battle of Bannockburn property manager, Scott McMaster said: “These grounds are believed to be where Robert the Bruce and his army camped before the main action of the two day battle, but so far we don’t have much archaeological evidence to back up this theory.

“We’re hoping that many hands will help us in this exciting search to shed new light on this important historic event.”

The event will run from 10am until 4pm and is free, although charitable donations are very welcome.

Advance registration is essential – please email