One of the “main structures of archaic Scotland” has been rediscovered subsequent to being covered up underneath a Borders stream for quite a long time.
Two years of work have prompted the revelation of the “lost” middle age connect in the River Teviot close to Ancrum.
Specialists, utilizing radiocarbon dating, have affirmed it is from the mid-1300s.
They said that makes them the most established logically dated scaffold stays found in their unique situation across one of Scotland’s streams.
Noteworthy Environment Scotland (HES) has financed the Ancrum and District Heritage Society’s (ADHS) work – in an organization with Dendrochronicle and Wessex Archeology – which prompted the disclosure.
Worked during the rules of David II of Scotland and Edward III of England, the scaffold is supposed to be of “memorable and vital public significance”.
It crossed the River Teviot, conveying the Via Regia (The King’s Way), on its way from Edinburgh to Jedburgh and the outskirt.
It is trusted James V would have crossed at the spot in 1526, as would Mary Queen of Scots getting back from her visit through the Borders in 1566, and the Marquis of Montrose on his approach to fight at Philiphaugh in 1645.
Kevin Grant, antiquarianism chief at HES, said it was one of the “most energizing and huge archaeological revelations in Scotland lately”.
“This venture shows that disclosures vital stay to be found by neighbourhood legacy gatherings,” he said.
He said it additionally demonstrated what could be accomplished by bringing “archaeological science and skill along with nearby information”.
Geoff Parkhouse, from ADHS, stated: “Ancrum Old Bridge presently has a fourteenth-century date.
“In Scotland, there is definitely not a standing extension that is sooner than the fifteenth century.
“In those occasions, during the flood or high water, the Ancrum Bridge may have been the main spot to cross the Teviot among Hawick and Berwick, making it one of the main structures in archaic Scotland.”
Dr Coralie Mills, of Dendrochronicle, a consultancy having some expertise in tree-ring dating, said the structure demonstrated the “uncommon endurance of part of an early extension in an immensely vital verifiable area”.
“The oak woods are in astoundingly acceptable condition and give truly significant neighbourhood material to tree-ring examination in a locale where not many archaic structures endure the assaults of war,” she said.
Dr Bob MacKintosh of Wessex Archeology said the site had been “trying to study”.
Nonetheless, he said the outcomes were “truly energizing” with the extension establishments being fabricated utilizing a technique never recently found in an archaeological setting in Scotland.